No. 9 Women’s Volleyball Trounces No. 19 Ohio State

No. 9 Women’s Volleyball Trounces No. 19 Ohio State

No. 9 Penn State women’s volleyball (17-3, 9-0) started off the Ohio State-filled weekend right this past Wednesday as they took down the No. 19 Buckeyes in three sets at Rec Hall.

Penn State started the game off blazing, going on a 4-1 streak thanks to a kill and an ace from Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and a later kill from Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.).

OSU took the lead at one point, but after a time out, Penn State regained its momentum and after two errors made by OSU, Penn State won the first set, 25-21.

The second set was dominated by Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.), Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.), and Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario). The Buckeyes once again had a shot at winning the set when they were sitting at 11-8, but Washington and Gorrell stepped up to help the Nittany Lions with a pair of kills to win the set, 25-20.


Washington dominated the court on the third set, adding a pair of kills and a solo stuff to start things off, giving PSU a 5-1 lead. Frantti contributed a kill which gave the team enough momentum to catalyze a 7-3 run. It was Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio) who gave the final powerful hit of the night to win the third and final set, 25-17.

This win marks the 15th straight win for the Nittany Lions this season, and adds to the incredible 47-14 all-time winning record against the Buckeyes.

Pen State was dominant in all statistical aspects of the game, totaling 41 kills to OSU’s 39, averaging a .356 hitting percentage to .192, and having an astounding 11.0 total team blocks to OSU’s mere 4.0.

Penn State will not have much time to enjoy this win, however, as they are headed to Ann Arbor this Saturday to take on the No. 16 Wolverines.

Although Penn State has a 48-4 successful record against Michigan, the Wolverines still boast a powerful team that pose a significant threat to the Nittany Lions.

Fans can listen in to the excitement of this match this coming Saturday at 7 p.m. Eastern, as if the upcoming whiteout football game against Ohio State didn’t pack enough of a punch!