Forget About It
Not only did they come back with a win, they came back with their favorite kind of win- the sweep. Three straight sets, in and out, quick and clean (25-15, 25-14, 25-11).
Two veterans and the newbie took charge of the net. Seniors Nia Grant and Lacey Fuller shared the top killer title, both with 11 kills and four digs. Freshman Ali Frantti followed close behind with 10 kills and six digs.
Penn State’s total number of digs nearly doubled Iowa’s total. The defense looked much better than the night before, more like we’ve seen them play all year. Thanks to the defense, Penn State was able to create a nice lead for themselves in all three sets. A little cushion of points helps everyone breathe a little bit easier.
The struggle at the service line against Nebraska seemed to be more like bad timing than anything else after watching the Iowa game. Penn State had 10 service errors in four sets against Nebraska and seven service errors in three sets against Iowa. The difference proved to be the timing. Against Nebraska the errors came at crucial points at the end of the match, against Iowa they caused much less damage.
The only defensive weak spot against Iowa was PSU’s blocking game. The girls only had one block in three sets while Iowa scored five- a pretty uncommon deficit for Penn State. Regardless, a win is a win.
This makes Penn State 15-2 and 3-1 in the conference. The team is currently ranked third in the division, but after this week of play we’ll have to see if that holds true. The rankings will be updated on Monday, October 6.
The team finally comes home this week facing yet another conference game against Northwestern. This Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. the Nittany Lions will be back on their own stomping grounds ready to take on some purple Wildcats. If you can’t make it to Rec Hall, the Big Ten Network has got you covered.