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Piecing Together Penn State Women’s Volleyball’s Fall 2021 Big Ten Schedule

Following an unprecedented spring season, Penn State women’s volleyball is likely just about two months away from returning to the court.

Although the team itself hasn’t posted its fall schedule just yet, the Big Ten’s other 13 teams have released their own. Using them, we were able to piece together Penn State’s conference schedule, which will begin on September 24 with a trip to Rutgers.

Penn State will face conference opponents Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, and Iowa only once and match up against every other Big Ten opponent twice throughout the regular season.

A mid-October road trip to Purdue, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will likely prove to be a significant mid-season obstacle for the Nittany Lions. Penn State will hit the road and play Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Ohio State in mid-November before closing the regular season with home contests against Minnesota and Iowa.

Here’s a look at the full pieced-together conference schedule:

  • September 24 @ Rutgers
  • September 26 vs. Ohio State
  • September 29 @ Maryland
  • October 2 @ Indiana
  • October 8 vs. Nebraska
  • October 9 vs. Northwestern
  • October 15 vs. Rutgers
  • October 17 @ Purdue
  • October 22 @ Minnesota
  • October 23 @ Wisconsin
  • October 29 vs. Maryland
  • October 30 vs. Illinois
  • November 5 vs. Michigan
  • November 6 vs. Michigan State
  • November 12 @ Michigan
  • November 13 @ Michigan State
  • November 19 @ Nebraska
  • November 21 @ Ohio State
  • November 26 vs. Minnesota
  • November 27 vs. Iowa

Unfortunately, Penn State’s non-conference schedule will likely remain up in the air until the team itself releases the lineup. Traditionally, the Nittany Lions’ seasons would begin in late August with a few matchups against non-Big Ten teams.

Penn State’s been pretty busy so far this offseason. The team picked up two huge transfers — Maryland’s Erika Pritchard and Minnesota’s Adanna Rollins — to bolster an already-strong lineup of outside hitters. Pritchard ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 285 kills over 20 matches this season, while Rollins contributed 186 kills for Minnesota on top of 187 digs and 41 total blocks.

Penn State went 9-5 in this spring’s regular season and fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 4 seed Texas, which wound up falling to Kentucky in the national title match. The Nittany Lions will restock and reload over a shortened offseason before returning its youthful lineup for another season come August.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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