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Comprehensive Penn State Sports Roundup: January 9 To January 22

While here at Onward State we cover many Penn State sports, we don’t quite cover all of them.

However, we do know that members of Nittany Nation love to hear about the success of Penn State sports teams — no matter what sport it may be. With that being said, we’re going to start publishing massive biweekly sports roundups that include every sport to keep our readers informed on all the happenings across Penn State Athletics.

Any sport that has played in the past two weeks, starting on Monday, January 9, will have a brief summary below.

Men’s Basketball

The Nittany Lions hosted Indiana at the Bryce Jordan Center for its first game of the spring semester on January 11. Penn State easily won 85-66 to break a two-game losing streak.

Micah Shrewsberry’s team then headed to Wisconsin on January 17, where it played a tight game and was briefly on upset watch. The Nittany Lions just couldn’t finish it off, though, dropping the game 63-60.

Penn State hosted Nebraska on January 21 for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer matchup, and Andrew Funk totaled 23 points to lead the Nittany Lions to a 76-65 victory to wrap up the week.

Women’s Basketball

The Lady Lions headed to Nebraska on January 11, where they were handed a tough 80-51 loss. This started a trend, as the team also got blown out 108-67 at Iowa on January 14.

The team returned home to play against Minnesota on January 18, and it came closer to a win than it had in its past two games. However, the Golden Gophers bounced ahead late in the game to clinch the 75-67 win.

Carolyn Kieger and the Lady Lions went back to the drawing board and were finally able to pull out a win over Wisconsin, just barely beating the Badgers 74-69. It was the team’s 12th win of the season, which is a new career high for Kieger as coach of the Lady Lions.


Wrestling wasn’t too busy the past two weeks, but it held a highly anticipated Big Ten matchup against No. 3 Michigan in the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, January 20. The match was highlighted by an upset from Penn State’s Levi Haines, a true freshman, who defeated No. 10 Will Lewan. The Nittany Lions proved their dominance yet again with a 30-8 win over the Wolverines.

Just two days after, the No. 1-ranked team returned to Rec Hall to host Michigan State, and Cael Sanderson’s group walked away with an easy 34-6 victory.

Men’s Hockey

The men’s hockey team traveled to Michigan State on January 13 and 14, and both games turned out to be heartbreakers. Friday night’s game was lost in overtime 3-2, while the team also lost Saturday’s game in a shootout.

The Nittany Lions returned home to Pegula Ice Arena the following weekend to play a series against Notre Dame. Friday’s game was frustrating, as Penn State couldn’t capitalize on its early lead and lost 2-1.

Finally, in the second game of the series against Notre Dame in the annual “Wear White” game, in front of a record-breaking crowd, Guy Gadowsky’s team snapped its losing streak, picking up a 3-2 win over the Fighting Irish.

Women’s Hockey

Women’s ice hockey hosted RIT on January 13 and 14. On Friday, the squad easily slid past the Tigers in a 4-2 victory. Saturday night was a different story, though, as the teams tied 2-2 in overtime.

The team headed to Erie to play the first game in a series against Mercyhurst on Sunday, January 22. Penn State won the first game 5-2.

Men’s Volleyball

Though it tends to fly under the radar, the men’s volleyball team has been a force to be reckoned with for the past several years.

Daemen University traveled to Rec Hall on January 13, and the men’s volleyball team made quick work in its 3-0 win. It was the same story the following day against Merrimack College.

After starting the season 4-0, the team headed south to Texas for its first ranked matchups of the season. On Friday, January 20, the Nittany Lions faced No. 5 Pepperdine but hardly ran into any trouble. walking away with a 3-1 win.

The team went up against No. 8 Stanford on Saturday, only dropping one set and remaining undefeated on the season.

Men’s Gymnastics

The men’s gymnastics team opened its season with a trip to New York to participate in the West Point Open, competing against Army West Point, Navy, Nebraska, and Springfield. Supported by Matt Cormier, an all-around athlete who earned his career-best score, the team had no problems taking first place.

On January 21, the team traveled to Maryland for the Navy Open, where it struggled a bit but still secured a second-place finish. The team begins its Big Ten competition next week.

Women’s Gymnastics

Penn State women’s gymnastics held its home opener at Rec Hall for a quad meet between the Nittany Lions, Penn, LIU, and SCSU. The team easily leaped into first place, scoring a 196.000.

The No. 24-ranked team then headed out to Minnesota for the Big Ten opener. It was a close match, but the Nittany Lions inevitably fell to the Golden Gophers by a difference of less than one point, 196.225-195.525.

Swimming and Diving

Both the men’s and women’s teams hosted Army on January 13 in McCoy Natatorium, where both teams swam past their opponents without hesitation. The women won 229-68, while the men won 197-101.

On January 21, the Nittany Lions played host once again to Virginia Tech, but the Hokies provided tough competition for the swimmers and divers. The men fell 172-121 while the women had a closer contest, losing 155-140.

Track and Field (Indoor Season)

Penn State’s track and field team opened its indoor season at the Nittany Lion Challenge on January 14, which brings a variety of competitors from schools in the Mid-Atlantic region. While no winner is declared in the challenge, it gave students the opportunity to get into some early competition and update the record books. Overall, the Nittany Lions claimed first place in 12 events.

The team traveled to Virginia for the Hokie Invitational on January 20 and 21, too. Across the two-day event, a few athletes posted numbers in the top five in school history in events such as the pole vault and the 600m run.

Men’s Tennis

While it’s still pretty cold outside, that doesn’t stop men’s tennis from leaving it all on the court. The team hosted its season opener on Sunday, January 22, against Delaware, followed by a match against Georgetown later in the afternoon.

The Delaware match was smooth sailing for the team, as it took a 6-1 victory. Similarly, the Nittany Lions beat Georgetown 6-1, too.

Women’s Tennis

Just like the men’s team, the women’s tennis team is back in action. The team hosted back-to-back games on January 14 and 15, respectively.

Saturday’s game, against Xavier, proved to be a dominant 5-2 win for the Nittany Lions. Sunday’s game against Old Dominion was a slightly different story, though, providing the same 5-2 score… just not in Penn State’s favor.

After a bit of a break, the tennis players headed to neighboring New Jersey for a match against Princeton. It proved to be a bit of a rough start to the week, as the Nittany Lions fell 6-1 to the Tigers.

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Haylee Yocum

Haylee is a junior studying immunology and infectious disease. She is from Mifflintown, PA, a tiny town south of State College. She is a coffee addict, loves Taylor Swift, and can't wait to go to a concert again. Any questions can be directed to @hayleeq8 on Twitter or emailed to [email protected]

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