Villanova Classic First Half

Villanova Classic First Half

Penn State kicked off the Villanova Classic tournament with back-to-back wins Friday evening. They first defeated American in four sets then Villanova in three straight sets.

After an overtime 26-24 loss in the first set, Penn State was forced to rally back against American. The team came back with three big wins with substantial score deficits (25-8, 25-14, 25-16).

Familiar faces led the team to victory including Ali Frantti with 12 kills, three digs and two blocks; Nia Grant with 10 kills, five digs and five blocks; and Aiyana Whitney with eight kills and five blocks.

A few hours later the Nittany Lions faced the tournament hosts, Villanova. In three quick sets the match was over and Penn State victorious (25-19, 25-12, 25-15). The win boosted PSU’s record to 6-1 and ended a momentous first day to the tournament.

Frantti and Whitney once again topped the charts with 10 kills and one block each, Frantti also had four digs and Whitney had one dig. While Megan Courtney led the team with 14 blocks and eight digs.

The team has discovered a strong force at the net with returning and new players. Nia Grant, Micha Hancock, and Megan Courtney continue to further their impressive stats from previous years, while freshmen Ali Frantti and redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney start to make names for themselves.

This afternoon Penn State faces Yale at 12 p.m. then finishes the tournament against Kansas at 5:30 p.m.