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No. 17 Penn State Women’s Volleyball Sweeps LSU To End Perfect Weekend

Bring out the brooms, folks, because Penn State women’s volleyball just had its fifth sweep of the season over LSU to close out the Penn State Classic Saturday night at Rec Hall.

With 14 kills, Maryland transfer and outside hitter Erika Pritchard dominated the match to help the Nittany Lions win in three sets (25-13, 25-21, 25-21).

How It Happened

Penn State started out hot against LSU with a 3-0 lead on a block from Jonni Parker and a kill from Erika Pritchard. Back-to-back blocks from Allie Holland and a kill from Adanna Rollins brought Penn State’s lead to 8-4 on a 4-0 run.

Strong hitting from Erika Pritchard and attack errors from the Tigers brought the Nittany Lions’ lead to 20-10 late in the first set. Kills from Rollins and Holland gave Penn State the extra edge it needed to close out a solid first set with a 25-13 win.

The Nittany Lions started the second set just strong with kills from Pritchard, Parker, and Kaitlyn Hord. However, LSU quickly came back to tie set at 3-3 on two kills from Sana Dotson and an ace from Kylie Kuyava-Deberg. Penn State was able to regain an 8-5 lead on kills from Parker and Rollins.

The Tigers tied the second set at 14-14 on kills from Hannah Brister before the Nittany Lions took over again at 19-15 on a block and back-to-back kills from Pritchard. Penn State took the second set with a 25-21 win thanks to kills from Hord and Holland.

The third set of the match was a bit closer than the first two, but Penn State still managed to take a 5-3 lead early on. However, LSU came back to tie the set on a block from Ella Larkin and a kill from Kuyava-Deberg.

The Nittany Lions regained a 13-10 lead on blocks from Hord, Pritchard, and Rollins, but the Tigers remained close behind. LSU took the lead at 19-18 on a kill from Kuyava-Deberg. Back-to-back kills from Pritchard gave Penn State a 22-19 lead on a 4-0 scoring run before closing out the match. The Nittany Lions won 25-21 over LSU, marking their fifth sweep of the season.

Player Of The Match

Erika Pritchard | Outside Hitter

Pritchard dominated throughout the match, totaling a team-high 14 kills, six digs, and three blocks on the night.

What’s Next?

Penn State will face Oregon at 10 p.m. on Friday, September 10, to begin the Big Ten/PAC 12 Challenge. The Nittany Lions won’t return to Rec Hall until September 26 when they host Ohio State.

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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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