No. 15 Women’s Volleyball Suffers Loss to No. 1 Nebraska
Although Penn State was in it to win it and certainly looking for redemption, Nebraska edged-out Penn State in three sets.
It was junior outside hitter Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) who kept the Lions’ spirits high as she recorded the seven kills for the match. Standout Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) tallied six.
The first set started off with high intensity as the teams traded points, and the lead, multiple times. A 3-0 run by Nebraska resulted in a Penn State timeout. Post-timeout, efforts by Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio), Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Frantti helped the Lions to a 4-1 run to tie up the game, 10-all.
Points continued to rack up, but Penn State was consistently at least two points behind the lead for the rest of the set. It was ultimately a 7-1 run by the Cornhuskers that won them the first period, 25-17.
Despite a strong start to the second set with a kill by Washington, Nebraska accrued five points after that. Within a few plays, Penn State was trailing, 9-4, prompting a Penn State timeout. After the timeout, an error by Nebraska allowed Detering and Washington to make big plays to bring the score to 14-7. Unfortunately, the Cornhuskers notched six more points and the Lions just three. After a final timeout by Head Coach Russ Rose, Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario) added a kill to make it 21-11. The Lions lost the second match 25-14.
The third set began with a Nebraska point that was quickly countered thanks to a kill from Frantti. After a 4-1 run by Nebraska, Gorrell and Clare Powers (Aptos, Calif.) helped bring the Lions within two points of the Cornhuskers, 9-7. Thanks to kills by Washington and Lee, Penn State brought the score 14-12 in Nebraska’s favor. Despite a 3-0 run by Nebraska, a kill from Lee tied it up at 15-15. Gorrell then kept the Nittany Lions afloat with a kill leading to a 17-17 tie, and Frantti soon contributed two kills to keep it tied at 19-19. After errors by Nebraska, Penn State maintained a 22-21 lead. However, Nebraska rallied and scored three points to win the set, 25-22, and the match.
Despite the tough loss, Penn State fared well against the top team in the nation, showing heart and courage in each and every play. No. 15 Penn State returns to Rec Hall this Saturday to take on Purdue at 7 p.m.