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Jonni Parker, Gabby Blossom Named 2020 Penn State Women’s Volleyball Captains

Penn State women’s volleyball named rising juniors Jonni Parker and Gabby Blossom its captains for the 2020 season Monday.

Last year, the pair served as captains alongside defensive specialist Kristin Krause, who graduated this past spring.

With impressive numbers and prominent leadership qualities, it’s easy to see why Parker and Blossom were selected to repeat as captains. Both arrived at Penn State in 2018 alongside a highly touted freshman class and are set to be the Nittany Lions’ cornerstones once again this fall.

Parker has totaled 764 kills and started all 67 matches in her career so far. She ended 2019’s regular season with a team-high 413 kills, smashing her freshman year total of 351.

Blossom, on the other hand, emerged as a star after taking over as the team’s starting setter in 2019. She racked up 1,332 assists that season and found immediate success by laying the groundwork for the Nittany Lions’ offense.

Both Blossom and Parker received All-American honors in 2019 alongside middle blockers Kaitlyn Hord and Serena Gray. Penn State is one of three Division I programs to return four All-Americans this fall.

At the time of writing, no decision about Penn State’s fall sports has been made. The Big Ten’s presidents are expected to meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and potentially discuss pushing back seasons, postponing them to the spring, or canceling them altogether.

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