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The Lady Lions volleyball team finished their non- conference season with three more flawless victories in the Penn State Classic tournament this past weekend. Kicking off the weekend Friday with a rapid three match series against Albany with final scores of 25-8, 25-6, and 25-4. Seniors, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay led the team with eight kills each, closely followed by the redshirt sophomore, Aiyana Whitney with seven kills. Freshman, Kelly Robertson saw the court for the first time and made her presence known with three kills and three assisted blocks. PSU thrilled the crowd in Rec Hall with their quick victories, not even allowing Albany to reach double-digit points.

Saturday, Penn State moved onto their next targets- the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Another three-sweep set, the women won the first two sets with their familiar swift style, 25-10 and 25-8. The third set was a bit more exciting as the Colonels climbed to 19 points, but Scott closed the game with four kills to make the final score 25-19. Junior, Dominique Gonzalez made a statement on defense with a season high of 20 digs.

deja mcclendon psuSaturday evening, the Nittany Lions took on Yale for their final three set victory of the weekend. In the first set, PSU showed their first traces of frustration in the tournament as they made a serving error followed by three failed kill attempts at the net. Yale inched in to only a three- point deficit, (17-14) forcing Penn State to call a time out. After a quick huddle, PSU fired back with eight kills and only allowing Yale two more points to close the set at 25-16. The next set, Yale once again put up a fight, but fell short as Whitney claimed the set-winning kill (25-17). The last set ended fast with a final score of 25-6.

Seniors, Deja McClendon and Katie Slay, and junior, Dominique Gonzalez were recognized with team honors for their performances last weekend. The team recorded a total of 112 kills in the tournament and moved into the number one spot in NCAA women’s volleyball rankings. The next match will be held this Friday, September 27th in Rec Hall against Michigan State at 7p.m. The Big Ten Network will be providing coverage.