No. 11 W. Volleyball Sees Success, Hardship on the Road this Past Weekend
On Friday, Penn State faced off against Maryland, who gave Penn State a run for their money as the game was extended to four sets.
The first set saw Penn State come out on fire, with Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) coming out hard and fast with a 3-0 streak.
Maryland quickly caught on, however, and edged up to tie the Nittany Lions midway through the set. Penn State continued to keep their heads above water as freshman libero Kendall White (Indianapolis, Ind.) helped bring Penn State within two points of the lead Maryland had established.
Maryland took the first set, 25-21.
Vowing not to let that happen again, strong efforts from Bryanna Weiskircher (Rockford, Ill.) and Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) helped propel the Lions to wins for the next three sets.
Other stars of the night included Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) and Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario). Frantti helped the Lions secure their win in the fourth and final set of the evening, while Gorrell contributed multiple points to the Lions’ tally throughout the second and third sets.
Short on rest and recovery time, Saturday evening once again presented a challenging situation for the Nittany Lions, who traveled to Ohio to face the Buckeyes.
In this heartbreaker of a game that was taken to five sets, Penn State clung to life for every set, and absolutely dominated Ohio State in the second and third set.
Ohio State came out strong in the first set, and despite remarkable efforts from Lee, Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.), and Gorrell, Ohio State won the first set, 25-23.
Washington and Frantti each contributed crucial kills that helped push Penn State to a significant win in the second set, 25-15.
Set three saw much of the same dominance. Skillful play by the NIttany Lions and Frantti’s 900th career kill allowed Penn State to achieve and maintain the lead against Ohio, resulting in a 25-19 win for the third set.
A tight fourth and fifth set in which Penn State gave their all unfortunately resulted in the game loss for Penn State. Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio) stepped up and demonstrated admirable work ethic with multiple points and an ace, while Washington continued her stellar play.
Although Penn State did not come away from Ohio State victorious, they have a chance to topple No. 1 Nebraska this coming Wednesday at Nebraska. Fans can tune into the Big Ten Network to watch the action live. Good luck, ladies!