Penn State Races Past Indiana
The win puts Penn State back on track for the next AVCA coaches poll standings after dropping from No. 3 to No. 5 after the loss to Northwestern last week.
Senior super star Megan Courtney was not in the lineup for Friday’s game after being taken out of the Northwestern game with an apparent injury.
Sophomore Simone Lee took Courtney’s spot at the top of the offense with 10 kills. Redshirt senior Aiyana Whitney and freshman Nia Reed came in second with six kills each. Along with Reed’s career-high kill performance, she added on a career-high two blocks.
Freshman Keeton Holcomb led the defense with 15 digs and Whitney led the blocking game with a career-high eight blocks.
Overall, Indiana was no match for Penn State but it gave the Nittany Lions a chance to put some new faces on the court.
Senior Lara Caraway tallied a career-high eight digs in her first collegiate start at Penn State and senior Kendall Pierce added eight digs on defense.
The Nittany Lions made half the amount of hitting errors as the Hoosiers and had a team total of 12 blocks compared to Indiana’s total of three.
The win makes it the ninth time Penn State has defeated Indiana in a row over the past nine match ups. And it makes for the fourteenth victory this season to be won in sweep-style.
Friday evening was also military appreciation night, so after the match Penn State hosted a sitting volleyball match featuring the men’s team in tribute to service members.
Stay tuned for the next blog post recapping Saturday’s game against Purdue and a look at what lies ahead for the Nittany Lions.