No. 10 Women’s Volleyball Continues Undefeated Streak against Purdue, Indiana, Lee Named ESPNW Player of the Week
Friday night brought out the best in the Nittany Lions as they handled ranked Purdue with ease.
The usual trio of Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio), Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), and Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) helped Penn State climb ahead in scoring while leaving Purdue scrambling for points.
The first set saw Purdue come out strong, opening on a 5-3 run. However, eight points coming on a block from Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.) and Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario) helped put the Nittany Lions on track for the set win. Although Purdue came close a few times to evening out the score, the first set ended in a 25-18 win for Penn State.
The second set allowed for an early 3-2 lead for the Boilermakers that was quickly ended thanks to an ace by Detering. Lee’s impressive dominance on the court kept Penn State on top for the rest of the set, winning in 25-17.
The third set was all Lee as she helped create a 7-1 rampage for PSU that ended up in a 13-7 lead for the Nittany Lions. Washington and Gorrell contributed significantly to maintaining this lead while Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) helped lock in the game-winning set, 25-17.
Just a day later, the Nittany Lions were back on the road, this time facing Indiana University on the court. Although they are unranked, Indiana put up a surprising fight, but Penn State was able to dominate in all three sets for the win.
Lee, Washington, and Gorrell were the main threats of the day, locking in multiple kills to keep Penn State in the lead. Frantti contributed as well with a hammer of a strike to maintain the win on the multiple occasions.
Redshirt sophomore Bryanna Weiskircher (Rockford, Ill.) made her name known on the court thanks to an ace that brought the Lions to 15-6 in the second set, which they went on to win, 25-16.
The victory against Indiana is the 14th consecutive win for Penn State. Penn State returns home to Rec Hall once again on Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. to take on Ohio State.
In other news, Lee was selected as ESPNW’s player of the week. At the time the article was written, Lee had 30 kills to her name, but after this past week, Lee owns more than that. With those 30 kills alone, Lee holds the Penn State record for the recording the most kills during her tenure as a Nittany Lion.
Head Coach Russ Rose praised Lee for being calm and composed during stressful times on the court, and that her natural leadership helps the time to relax and play their best.
Lee said of her team and herself, “There’s so many great players on this team. I just want to be another one. I want to be a teammate they can rely on in crunch time.”
Well said, Simone! Head out to Rec Hall this Wednesday to support your Nittany Lions as they take on the Buckeyes!