Lucky Number 13

Lucky Number 13

The three set sweep against Indiana on Saturday puts Penn State at a 13 game winning streak. The familiar stat leaders paved the way to victory- Deja McClendon with nine kills, Katie Slay with five blocks, and Micha Hancock with eight digs and 26 assists. A younger Nittany Lion also had the chance to grace the court that night. Redshirt freshman, Paulina Prieto Cerame matched her career high with three solo blocks and four kills.

The score came to a halt at 4-4 in the first set, but that was the closest Indiana would get at a lead. Slay pulled away from the tie with a back to back kill then block and the streak went on from there. The final score of set one was 25-16. The next set began with a bang as Penn State took the lead 11-2. The Hoosiers slowly tried to keep some type of momentum alive, but fell short as PSU took the second set 25-11. After the break, Indiana showed a promising drive in the beginning of the third set but yet again could not keep up with the quick killing Nittany Lions. The last set ended at 25-11.

prieto cerame penn statePaulina Prieto Cerame made a pretty long trip from her hometown, San Juan, Puerto Rico, to be part of the Nittany Lion team. She wears number 9 and stands at 6’2” as an outside hitter. She made an outstanding name for herself on her Palmer Trinity high school volleyball team in Miami, FL. She was selected to the Junior Olympics 16 Open All- Tournament team, an All- American member of the USA Youth National Team that competed in the World Championships in Ankara, Turkey, and received “La Copa Dorada” as one of the 70 most outstanding Hispanic Athletes in Florida. Paulina is still trying to figure out a major, but she plans to play professional volleyball overseas and has high hopes of becoming part of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She also hopes to see all the team’s hard work during the offseason be shown on the court this year.

Paulina and the team hit the road next weekend to face two important conference games. Penn State takes on the Wisconsin Badgers Friday, Nov. 15th followed by the Minnesota Gophers Saturday, Nov. 16th.