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Kathryn Hurta Flips To Penn State Women’s Volleyball

Gearing up for a bounce-back season, Penn State women’s volleyball earned a commitment from a well-touted incoming prospect this weekend.

On Saturday, setter-hitter combo Kathryn Hurta officially announced she’d flip her commitment and play for the Nittany Lions. She’d previously signed a letter of intent to suit up for Big Ten rival Indiana back in November.

“I am so excited and beyond thankful to announce that I have committed to play college volleyball at Penn State,” Hurta wrote on Instagram. “Thank you to all of my family, friends, teammates, and coaches that have supported and helped me along the way.”

Standing at 6’1″, Hurta plays both club and high school volleyball back in Illinois. This year, she led Nazareth Academy to a 30-7 overall record and a state championship. Hurta was also named the Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year for her outstanding efforts.

Hurta is now the third member of Penn State’s Class of 2022, joining outside hitter Alexa Markley and defensive specialist Mandi Morioka. Together, the three will arrive on campus over the summer before suiting up for the Nittany Lions come August.

Hurta’s flip to Penn State is the latest recruitment victory for newly-minted head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley. To bolster the roster, the Nittany Lions have picked up commitments from transfers like Utah outside hitter Zoe Weatherington, Purdue middle blocker Taylor Trammell, and Long Beach State outside hitter Kashauna Williams.

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