Penn State Classic

Penn State Classic

Penn State women’s volleyball kicked off their season this weekend by hosting the Penn State Classic in Rec Hall. The team finished the weekend with a record of 3-0, all clean sweeps against TCU, Iona and William and Mary.

The tournament began Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against TCU. The top scorers of the match for PSU include- freshman Ali Frantti with 13 kills, seven digs and four blocks; junior Megan Courtney with 12 kills, five digs and two blocks; and senior Nia Grant with seven kills and two aces.

The first set moved pretty quickly due to Penn State’s two scoring streaks, one for five points and one for seven. Their offense could not be stopped and the first set ended 25-10.

The second set TCU made the game more interesting and kept the score close in the beginning. TCU rallied back from a seven-point deficit but fell short in the end due to back-to-back kills by redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney. Freshman Simone Lee took care of the final kill and ended the set 25-17.

Third set began with a close score that moved point for point. PSU produced a game deciding seven-point streak. The set ended with a TCU attack error and final kill by Frantti.

russ roseNext, Saturday morning PSU took on Iona at 10 a.m. The top scorers of this match for PSU include- Frantti with 11 kills, two digs, two blocks and two aces; Courtney with eight kills, five digs and two blocks; and Whitney also with eight kills.

The first set started off with a seven-point streak for Penn State, was interrupted but two points for Iona, then answered that with another seven-point streak. Iona fought for some type of momentum with another short two-point streak, but Grant answered with a game-ending kill. The set score ended 25-14.

Second set went point for point until both teams came to a tie at ten points. PSU broke away with the lead and Iona couldn’t force scoring streak. Grant once again ended the set with the final kill, 25-14.

The third set started off with a 12-4 run for Penn State followed by another 8-3 run and the match was pretty much decided. Penn State took their second sweep with a final score of 25-11.

Finishing the weekend Saturday evening, Penn State faced their final opponents- William and Mary, at 7 p.m. The top scorers for Penn State in the match were- Lee with 10 kills, four digs and one stuff; Whitney with nine kills; and Frantti with seven kills, four digs and four blocks.

Penn State started the first set with a quick 7-2 advantage and battled to keep their lead featuring kills from Courtney and Whitney. A PSU service error was a hiccup in the scoring momentum but the team followed with an 8-2 run. PSU ran into a few service errors that kept the hope alive for the Tribe, but a service error on the Tribe’s side gave PSU the win, 25-13.

The second set consisted of two big runs 9-1 and 5-1, both gave PSU a huge lead. William and Mary had a few scoring spurts but couldn’t catch up. Frantti ended the set with a huge kill for the 25-12 win.

The third and final set of the match was a scoring frenzy for Penn State. Two 7-2 runs and the final push of a 5-0 run secured the victory. The final 25-9 completed the sweep.

Penn State heads to California this weekend for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. Friday, September 5th they face Stanford at 9 p.m. ET and Saturday, September 6th they battle UCLA at 8 p.m. ET. The Pac-12 Network will provide coverage of the Stanford game.