Micha for MVP
Aside from Hancock’s personal achievements, the game showcased Penn State’s team as a whole with no single player dominating the stats. The team’s steady passing rhythm created clean plays and little errors.
After tallying 31 assists Tuesday night, Hancock reached her 5,000 career assist mark. She’s only the sixth player in Penn State history to do so and will continue to climb in the record books in the remaining games of the season.
Ali Frantti, Aiyana Whitney and Megan Courtney shared the team-high for kills with eight each. Haleigh Washington followed close behind with seven kills. Hancock and Washington shared first place in team blocks with seven each– a season-high for Hancock. Nia Grant followed with five blocks and tacked on two aces.
Penn State’s “rally back” efforts are improving more and more each game. In the second set against the Buckeyes, the Lions trailed behind Ohio State the whole game until they tied the score at 15. They then battled point for point; ending in two more ties and fell behind once again at 20-18.
We’ve seen Penn State lose nail biters like this one earlier this season, but their continued improvements in communication and energy has changed the outcome. Needless to say, with a 3-0 run followed by a series of blocks from Washington the Nittany Lions rallied their way back for a win.
Penn State is now 21-3, 9-2 in the Big Ten and just trailing Wisconsin by one loss in the conference. Both teams have a series of Big Ten games coming up the next few weeks as they battle for first place.
A bit of déjà vu… Penn State faces off against Ohio State again this Friday, but this time they head to the Buckeye stomping grounds. The game starts at 7 p.m. on the night of Halloween, as if the Buckeyes weren’t scared enough.