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No. 17 Penn State Women’s Volleyball Keeps Rolling With Sweep Over Oregon State

Make that four sweeps in a row for the Nittany Lions!

No. 17 Penn State women’s volleyball continued its winning streak with a 3-0 win over Oregon State Saturday morning in the second matchup of the Penn State Classic.

How It Happened

Penn State got off to a good start thanks to multiple offensive errors on Oregon State’s part, but that only helped Penn State take an early 5-2 lead. However, the Beavers were able to tie the first set at 7-7 on kills by Lindsey Schell and Maddie Goings before tying it at 9-9 on another kill by Schell.

The Nittany Lions regained a 15-12 lead on kills from Allie Holland and Parker. Towards the end of the first set, Penn State was able to gain momentum to take a 21-16 lead and 3-0 scoring run on a kill from Erika Pritchard and back-to-back kills from Kaitlyn Hord.

Despite a slow start, the Nittany Lions were able to secure a first set win at 25-18 on a kill from Parker.

Penn State started the second set a lot stronger on a 4-0 scoring run and 5-2 lead thanks to two kills and an ace from Pritchard. Oregon State battled back to tie the second set six times (8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11, 12-12, and 13-13) before taking its first lead of the set at 15-13 on a block by Szulczewski and kill by DiLara Unal. From there, the Beavers continued to lead at 18-13 on a 5-0 scoring run.

Penn State battled back on a 4-0 scoring run on back-to-back kills from Holland to trail at 18-17. The Nittany Lions remained close behind the Beavers throughout the remainder of the set thanks to a kill and block from Parker.

An attack error from Oregon State’s Kateryna Tkachenko tied the set at 24-24. The second set tied more times at 25-25, 26-26, 27-27, 28-28, 29-29, 30-30, and eight set points, Penn State earned a well-fought win at 32-30.

The Nittany Lions took another 5-2 lead early in the third set on offensive errors from the Beavers. Penn State increased its lead to 13-9 on kills by Gabby Blossom and Hord and an ace from Pritchard.

Impressive hitting from Holland and Rollins brought the Nittany Lions’ lead to 20-12 on a 3-0 scoring run late in the third set. Back-to-back aces from Parker and a kill and block from redshirt junior outside hitter Anastasiya Kudryashova closed out the match on a 25-14 win for Penn State.

Rollins and Pritchard had nine kills apiece, while Holland had eight kills on an impressive .438 hitting percentage. Blossom finished the match with 39 assists.

Player Of The Game

Jonni Parker | Opposite Hitter

Jonni Parker continued to shine in the second match of the Penn State Classic, earning 14 kills with an impressive .400 hitting percentage and six digs.

What’s Next?

Penn State will need to rest up for its final match of the Penn State Classic against LSU at 8 p.m. Saturday at Rec Hall.

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Mackenzie Cullen

Sadly, Mackenzie graduated from Penn State in 2022. She majored in English and served as one of Onward State's associate editors. You can keep up with her life and send compliments to @MackenzieC__ on Twitter.

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