Super sophomores take down No. 18 Purdue

Super sophomores take down No. 18 Purdue

The Nittany Lions completed their second sweep of the weekend on Saturday over No. 18 Purdue (25-18, 25-17, 25-17).

Senior Megan Courtney was still out with an injury that occurred during the Northwestern match, but the team stepped up once again.

Sophomore Simone Lee led the team on offense with 12 kills and also added one block. Sophomore Haleigh Washington worked her way to the top spot on defense with nine blocks and also had a double-digit kill performance with 10 kills.

Sophomore Ali Frantti came up in third for kills with nine, also had six blocks and came first with 11 digs.

Freshman Bryanna Weiskircher added 36 assists, six digs, three blocks and a career-high four aces.

The key to this Penn State win was the limit of attacking errors. The Boilermakers made 22 attack errors, which led to a .135 team hitting percentage. Penn State only made 12 attack errors and helped its .315 team hitting percentage.

Another highlight for the Nittany Lions was their consistency. The first two sets they had a team total of 14 kills and the third they had 13 kills. This season has proven that this type of consistency and momentum in a match is crucial for a Penn State victory.

The win puts Penn State at 17-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference.

The Nittany Lions head to Michigan this week for a midweek showdown with Wolverines starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Then they bump over to East Lansing to face Michigan State on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.