PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Penn State women’s volleyball alumnae Simone Lee, Haleigh Washington, and Aiyana Whitney are representing Team USA at this week’s Pan-American Cup in the Dominican Republic.

Another familiar face making the trip to Santo Domingo is former Penn State All-American and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Alisha Glass-Childress, who will serve as an assistant coach.

Penn State is the most-represented program on the 14-player roster. Nebraska, Minnesota, and Texas each count two alums apiece. The Big Ten, widely considered the best conference in college volleyball, accounts for nine players.

Washington and Lee are making their tournament debuts for the U.S. women’s national team, while Whitney participated in the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup last September.

The opposite from Norwood, NJ, was part of a bronze medal showing in Japan alongside former Penn State teammate Megan Courtney. China came in first and Brazil finished as the runners-up.

Lee (22) was named Big Ten player of the year last season after leading the team with 478 kills.

Penn State great Micha Hancock and the U.S. “A” side claimed the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League title on July 1 thanks to a five-set victory over Turkey in Nanjing, China.

Washington was recently named Penn State female student-athlete of the year for 2017. Saquon Barkley, whose Giants jersey is the NFL’s top seller, took home the honors on the male side.

Washington and Lee were multi-year All-Americans for the Nittany Lions, with the former garnering three first-team selections in a row to end her career. Both played their first professional seasons in Italy after graduation.

Playing in Pool B, the U.S. will face Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, and Puerto Rico in consecutive days beginning Sunday. The Pan-American Cup quarterfinals are scheduled for July 11.

About the Author

Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


More by Ethan

Beaver Stadium Turf Gets Fourth Of July Makeover

The Penn State grounds crew showcased its creativity this Fourth of July, mowing Beaver Stadium’s turf into the shape of an American flag.

Notre Dame Transfer CJ Holmes Walks On At Penn State

Penn State Taking Its Linebacker Recruiting To The Next Level


Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

New York Islanders Trade Eamon McAdam To Toronto Maple Leafs

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Indigo Closes, Future Plans For Nightclub Space Await

Indigo Nightclub announced that it would be closing following Arts Fest, but it doesn’t sound like the Hotel State College bar space would be empty for long

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend