More Wins in Michigan

More Wins in Michigan

Saturday marked the women’s volleyball team’s eleventh consecutive win and proved their new No. 2 spot in the rankings. They faced Michigan and Michigan State for the second time this season and came through with two wins. This brings their overall record to 20-2 and a conference record of 11-1.

The weekend began in Ann Arbor against Michigan. Meghan Courtney led the offense against Michigan with a career best 17 kills. Deja McClendon had her sixth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 12 digs. Katie Slay continued her season long block party at the net with seven blocks and defensive specialist Dominique Gonzalez posted a team high 18 digs.

Penn State got off to a rocky start in the first set finding themselves in an 8-0 deficit. Regardless of a few point streaks, the team couldn’t quite find a rhythm and ended up with a loss to start the match 25-16. The second set moved along in a series of two point runs, keeping the audience on the edge of their seat until the end. A too close for comfort PSU lead of 23-22, caused Penn State to call a final timeout before taking the second set with a score of 25-22.

penn state womens volleyballOnce the Lady Lions capture the momentum, there is no wasting time from there. They captured the next two sets with a score of 25-20 in the third and 25-16 in the fourth. They then traveled to East Lancing hoping to prove themselves since their loss to Michigan State in Happy Valley.

This time around, Penn State reinstated their No.2 title as they beat MSU in a three set match. Right off the bat, Penn State took an eight-point advantage at 11-3. The team played a near perfect game and won the first set on a Michigan State service error, 25-14. A closer scoring and more interesting game followed as Michigan started to score in streaks. But, PSU took advantage of their three-point lead at 19-16 and carried that until the end, winning the second set 25-18. In the third set, MSU battled their way to a 13-13 tie, but the Nittany Lions quickly took over and ended the set at 25-20.

The star players from Saturday’s game include, McClendon with 14 kills closely followed by Scott with 13 kills. Katie Slay had five blocks, one being a solo stuff. Gonzalez again led the defense with 11 digs.

Penn State returns home this weekend to host Purdue and Indiana in Rec Hall. They face Purdue Friday, November 8th at 7 p.m. and Indiana Saturday, November 9th at 7 p.m.