Returning players, Dominique Gonzalez, Nia Grant, Micha Hancock and Megan Courtney continued their dominating style on the court. They’ve figured out a system that works and they know how to prepare for Big Ten games.
Newcomers, Simone Lee and Ali Frantti got their first taste of conference play. Although they carry the freshmen label, these girls are following in the footsteps of Penn State volleyball icons. They proved to be solid replacements for past seniors Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay.
Lee led the team with her fourth double-digit kill game, 12 kills and one block. Frantti followed her with nine kills, five digs and four blocks. As well as Hancock with nine kills, two aces, 10 digs and three blocks.
Aiyana Whitney and Courtney followed closely with eight kills each; Courtney had 14 digs and two blocks and Whitney with six blocks. And lastly, Grant with a still impressive seven kills, two digs and three blocks.
The true team effort led to the 3-0 sweep against Wisconsin (25-17, 25-21, 25-22). Throughout the three sets, the Badgers didn’t allow Penn State one “comfortable” lead. There were a total of eight tied scores; five coming from the third set alone.
Penn State’s record now stands at 13-1, 1-0 in the conference. Next up is another Big Ten game against Minnesota. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 27 in Minneapolis, Minn. TV coverage will be provided by ESPN3.