No. 1 Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Opponents on the Road
On Friday, the Lions were hosted by Purdue for what would ultimately be a victory in four sets for the Blue and White.
The four sets (25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 25-10) showed scrappy yet strategized play by the Lions.
Senior Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) led the team with 15 kills while teammates Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.) and Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) added 14 and 13 kills, respectively.
Defensively, this season’s standout trio of Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio), Kendall White (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Bryanna Weiskircher (Rockford, Ill.) continued their high standard of play and came in clutch to keep the Boilermakers at bay.
Detering added an astounding 34 assists as White had 19 digs and Weiskircher clinched 20 assists to round out the defensive side of things.
The Lions bested the Boilermakers in all statistics: 61 kills to Purdue’s 41, 53 digs to 45 and 10.0 blocks to the opponent’s 7.0.
Despite the reassurance of a win, the squad headed over to nearby Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers the very next evening.
The ladies proved yet again why they are first in the rankings with a decisive win over the Hoosiers in three sets (25-21, 25-13, 25-15).
Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) kept the momentum rolling with her leading 13 kills for the game.
Detering and Weiskircher helped the team out defensively with 17 and 18 assists, respectively.
Thelen was also on her game yet again, contributing seven kills on a clip of .875.
With her 13 kills, Washington became the 28th member of the 1,000 kills club in the Penn State Women’s Volleyball program. Washington joins teammates Frantti and Lee, who both secured their 1,000th kills this season as well, with this distinctive offer.
The No. 1 Lions will host No. 8 Wisconsin this Wednesday evening at Rec Hall with a 7 p.m. start time. Set aside some time for a midweek break and come out to support your Lions this Wednesday!