To the First Round!

To the First Round!

After recovering from holiday helpings of turkey, the Lady Lions ended regular season play with a win this past Saturday. Penn State women’s volleyball dazzled a home crowd in the 3-0 sweep over Nebraska (25-21, 25-15, 25-16).

Freshman Ali Frantti dominated the stats with 17 kills, five digs and one solo block. It’s safe to say Megan Courtney has returned to her old self; she climbed into second place with eight kills, nine digs and two blocks. Freshman Haleigh Washington finished the top three with six kills, two digs and six blocks.

Senior Micha Hancock opened the match with back-to-back aces. She dazzled the home crowd with a rounded performance offensively and defensively. In the three sets she totaled four aces, 33 assists, eight digs, three blocks and two kills.

Penn State and Nebraska came close in total assists, digs and blocks. The Nittany Lions really took over in total kills and hitting percentages. They not only got the job done, but got it done efficiently with a hitting percentage of .257 and 42 total kills.

The win boosted Penn State’s winning streak to 14 games and continued the team’s momentum to take into postseason play. The Nittany Lions ended the regular season with a solid overall record of 30-3 and 18-2 in the conference.

Now the real fun begins. Penn State’s first round match has been picked and placed right here in Happy Valley. This Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall begins the journey to Oklahoma City and Penn State’s first task… the Siena Saints.

The Saints finished their season 19-14 and tallied a nine game-winning streak at the end of their season. The team also finished at the top of their MAAC conference.

Penn State has been seeded at No. 5 in the tournament. As the team enters their 34th consecutive appearance in NCAA postseason play, fans are hoping for a repeat of last year’s performance.

If Penn State defeats Siena, the second round will also be held in Rec Hall on Saturday evening.

As of now, the team is six games away— may the odds be ever in Lion’s favor.