Nittany Lions have Early Success in Conference Play

Nittany Lions have Early Success in Conference Play

After an uncharacteristically rough start to their season, No. 18 Penn State women’s volleyball (10-3, 2-0) has bounced back and remains undefeated since. This past week, they opened their Big Ten conference play with an evening game in New Jersey against Rutgers.

Penn State won handily against Rutgers in three sets, never allowing Rutgers to score more than 17 points in a set, and holding Rutgers to five points in the third set.

Once again, junior outside hitter Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) was a force to be reckoned with on the court, notching 13 kills with a .579 hitting percentage. Other outstanding plays were contributed by Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.), Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario).

Washington helped give Penn State a positive swing in momentum when she helped the team to an 11-5 lead in the first set, while Gorrell helped the score to an impressive 20-14 in the first set.

In the third set, Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.) and Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio) were huge contributors to Penn State’s impressive 25-5 set win and game winner, as each contributed powerful kills followed by three aces by Detering.


The Nittany Lions were on the road again this past Sunday in Evanston, Illinois to take on the notoriously challenging Northwestern Wildcats.

The game started out with a bang as Penn State and Northwestern were tied, 25-25, and Penn State won 27-25. The next two sets were won more comfortably by Penn State, 25-17 each set.

Lee, Thelen, and Detering helped keep the team on fire, contributing multiple kills and aces apiece. In the third and final set, a pair of kills from Washing ton and Frantti helped secure a Penn State lead that would turn into an eventual win for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State had 37 kills to Northwestern’s 33 and rocked a .266 hitting percentage to the Wildcats’ .093 percentage.

This coming Friday, September 30, Penn State volleyball is home at Rec Hall taking on Michigan State at 7 p.m. This is certainly a Big Ten game you won’t want to miss!