No. 15 Women’s Volleyball Trounces Rutgers

No. 15 Women’s Volleyball Trounces Rutgers

No. 15 Penn State women’s volleyball (14-3, 6-0) showed Rutgers who’s boss this past Saturday evening in front of a packed Rec Hall. Despite any exhaustion from the football game earlier in the day, fans came out in full force for this matchup between Penn State and Rutgers.

The Nittany Lions started the game off strong, taking down Rutgers 25-13 in the first set. It was Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio) who offered up 40 assists, granting a whopping seven players the opportunity to score.

The second set was won handily, 25-16, thanks to a 5-0 tear originating with with kills from Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls) and Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario). Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) notched a kill for the Lions, making it a set point.

The third set was epic as Penn State held Rutgers to just 10 points and five kills. Penn State went on two epic scoring tears, one a 5-0 run and the other a 9-0 run, thanks to contributions by Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.) and senior defensive specialist Laura Broerman (Colorado Springs, Colo.).


Rutgers used a timeout in all three sets in an attempt to combat the onslaught dished out by Penn State.

Consistently strong standouts Lee and Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) along with the up-and-coming Gorrell all achieved kills in the double digits.

Penn State not only dominated on the court, but in the statistics world as well.

Penn State achieved 48 kills (the most this season) compared to Rutgers’ 19, had an incredible .425 hitting percentage compared to Rutgers’ .024, 43 aces to the Scarlet Knights’ 18, 45 digs to 25, and 9.5 total team blocks to 4.0. Talk about a force to be reckoned with!

This outstanding win by the Nittany Lions means that Penn State remains undefeated in the Big Ten conference for yet another week, with no end to their winning streak in sight.

The Nittany Lions will hit the road next weekend to take on fellow Big Ten opponent Purdue in Indiana on Friday and Indiana University on Saturday. Friday’s game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.