Penn State Women's Sports Update
The Penn State women’s volleyball squad pulled off an upset victory over the nation’s top ranked Nebraska on Saturday, as they improved to 17-5 overall. The victory was the sixth straight for the Nittany Lions and ninth in the past ten outings. Penn State is now tied with Illinois at 10-2 in the conference and they will travel to Champaign on November 11 in what will most likely be for sole possession of the second place spot.
The Lady Lions open the 2011 season as the number 14 team in the country, which is the highest ranking for the Lady Lions since they finished the 2004 season as number 7 in the nation. Junior Alex Bentley was named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year for Penn State after averaging 14 points and 5 assists per game last season as an All-Big Ten first team performer. Sophomore Maggie Lucas also highlights the list of key returnees as she will try to build off her 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the year performance last year. Penn State opens up the season with a home matchup against Bloomsburg University Saturday, November 5th at 2 pm.
The 11th ranked Nittany Lions opened up the Big Ten tournament with a 3-0 victory at Northwestern on Wednesday night, and will now take on Minnesota in the semifinals Friday evening at Lakeside Field. The Nittany Lions entered the tournament as the number one seed after finishing the year at 10-1 in the conference and 17-3 overall. The Penn State roster is led by All-Big Ten first team performers Maya Hayes, Lexi Marton, Christine Naim, and Ali Schaefer. In addition the Nittany Lions had three players on the All-Big Ten second team and three newcomers on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Penn State opened up its 2011-2012 season with a home victory against West Virginia this past Saturday, with Junior Amy Modglin leading the Nittany Lions to a 137-96 defeat of the Mountaineers. Modglin earned Big Ten swimmer of the week honors by winning three events in the meet, including the 400 yard individual medley, 200 yard backstroke, and 400 yard freestyle relay. Penn State’s next action will take place over the weekend as the Nittany Lions head south for away meets against Auburn and Georgia Tech.