Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Another straight set against Ohio State on Wednesday allowed Penn State’s women’s volleyball team to clench it’s 16th conference title. The familiar rivalry with Penn State and Ohio State doesn’t end on the football field. This win particular win for Penn State makes the conference title even sweeter.

Once again Deja McClendon led the offense with 11 kills and nine digs. The familiar Micha Hancock had a double-double, 28 assists and a team high 14 digs. Katie Slay continued her dominance at the net with seven blocks.

Point for point the first set started to look like it would be a challenge for the Nittany Lions. Suddenly, with the score at 6-5, the triple threat of Scott, Grant, and Courtney had a picture perfect triple block at the net. The momentum went to Penn State as that sparked a 6-1 streak and forced the Buckeyes into a timeout. They came back with a will to fight, but Penn State capitalized on their lead all the way to the end. Grant ended the set with a kill at 25-14.

 src=The Nittany Lions spared little time in the second set, starting it off with 8-3 advantage. An error threw the team off a point or two, but this was the extent of mistakes for Penn State in this match. As the set came to a close, Penn State held the largest lead of the match at 22-9. Ohio State held off the final points as they climbed to 14, but Grant again closed the match with a kill and a final score of 25-14.

After the break, Penn State was ready to end it quick. They waltzed into a 14-1 lead and it was history from there. In this single set, the Nittany Lions gave up the least amount of points in an individual set against a Big Ten opponent in conference history, 25-8.

The regular season comes to an end this Saturday, Nov. 30th in Nebraska. The Nittany Lions will face the Huskers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The match will be live on the Big Ten Network. Following this final match, Penn State will then wait to find out their seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The announcement will air live on ESPNU on Sunday, Dec. 1st at 9:30 p.m.