She’s Still Got It
Courtney had the team high nine kills and also contributed four digs and three blocks. Following Courtney were Haleigh Washington and Nia Grant both with eight kills and impressive hitting percentages. Grant also tallied one ace, one dig and five blocks. Washington added one dig and three blocks.
In the previous two games, Courtney struggled to find her groove against both Illinois and Purdue. Her hitting percentages were well below her normal average and Rose admitted she didn’t look her best. All that changed Saturday when she returned with a solid .500 hitting percentage. Everyone has a bad game now and then, but it’s a sigh of relief to know she’s back.
Perhaps Penn State’s strongest aspect of their game was the lack of errors. The first set the team was perfect, literally. They clocked 14 total kills and not one single error. The second set included two service errors— not much of a game-changer. During the third they got a bit sloppy with five errors, but that was nothing compared to Indiana’s eight slip-ups and lack of kills.
The team also continued to use their newfound balance on the court to conquer the Hoosiers. Eight of the nine girls that played contributed at least one dig for the defense. All five hitters had a fair share of kills with totals ranging from 5-9. Micha Hancock contributed five kills, four aces and rounded out the team with 32 assists. All in all, each and every member of the team played a key role in the sweep.
Now the Nittany Lions are 18-3 and 6-2 in the conference. They are slowly but surely creeping their way back up in conference play. Up next are two more Big Ten matches against Michigan and Michigan State. Ugh, Michigan. Fortunately, the two teams are coming to Penn State’s home turf.
Friday, October 24 the Lions square off against Michigan at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. This one will be covered on the Big Ten Network. Then the following evening, Saturday October 25, they take on Michigan State at 5:30 p.m. Then hopefully after that fans can watch the football team beat Ohio State.