No. 1 Penn State Women’s Volleyball Beats Michigan State 3-1
No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball prevailed 3-1 over No. 9 Michigan State Wednesday night at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, topping the Spartans 27-25, 25-19, 25-27, 25-21.
After beating Cathy George’s squad 3-1 earlier this season in Rec Hall, the Nittany Lions earned another top 10 victory to take an outright lead in the Big Ten standings.
How It Happened
Penn State rallied back from a pair of set points in the first frame, as Michigan State’s consecutive attack errors gave the Nittany Lions an early 1-0 advantage. The blue and white won the second set with relative ease, showing why they’re the conference’s top hitting team. The Nittany Lions would go on to post a .342 hitting percentage and 10 blocks in the victory.
Haleigh Washington and Simone Lee led the way offensively with a match-high 18 kills apiece, while Ali Frantti added 13 kills and seven digs. Abby Detering turned in an outstanding all-around showing of her own, recording 27 assists, nine kills, seven digs, and three blocks. Fellow setter Bryanna Weiskircher also showed excellent poise under pressure with 34 assists and 11 digs.
Player Of The Match
Kendall White | Sophomore | Libero
The Indianapolis native tallied a match-high 29 digs and six assists in one of her best performances of the season.
The Nittany Lions (22-1) return to Rec Hall Saturday at 7 p.m. for Senior Night against Rutgers.
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Drew Allar had four touchdown passes, two of which were caught by Tyler Warren.
“It was raining and it was still filling up to the brim in the stadium. Their energy is infectious. And I love them and I appreciate all they do for us.”
Penn State’s defense had another near-perfect outing against Iowa on Saturday.