The Streak Continues
Seven of those eight wins were 3-0 sweeps, including the win over the Terrapins (25-11, 25-18, 25-15).
A familiar trio had a double-digit performance on Saturday. Freshman Ali Frantti led the bunch with 13 kills, one ace, three digs and one block. Red-shirt junior Aiyana Whitney followed with ten kills, one dig and four blocks. Freshmen Haleigh Washington rounded out the double-digit club with 10 kills, one dig and five blocks.
Washington made the most of each and every one of her swings that led to the team-high .769 hitting percentage. Senior Micha Hancock followed closely behind her with a .750 hitting percentage while adding 38 assists, two aces, six digs and team-high seven blocks.
The game was a battle of runs. Penn State would take control for a run then Maryland would answer. This back and forth sort of play went on in each set until Penn State decided to break away with the lead for good.
Overall, the Nittany Lions’ runs were a bit longer than Maryland’s, which ultimately stretched Penn State’s lead in the end.
Looking ahead, Penn State has six more games remaining in the regular season and all six games are against Big Ten opponents. Wisconsin is still first in the conference and still one win ahead of Penn State.
The Badgers face the same situation as they approach the end of their season. In order for Penn State to win the conference, Wisconsin needs to lose at least one of their six remaining games.
For now, the Nittany Lions are focused on their own games. Another home match for the Lions is coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 12 against Iowa. The game starts at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.