We Sweep till the End
As the season comes to an end, game coverage is becoming a bit repetitive- win after win, sweep after sweep, conference game after conference game.
The one aspect that is constantly changing from game to game is the name at the top of the killing stats. Granted it rotates between a group of three hitters (give or take), but nonetheless it’s the one statistic of the game that changes week to week.
Wednesday it was Aiyana Whitney’s time to shine. The red-shirt junior led the team with 16 kills, one dig and two blocks. She also had the team’s second- best hitting percentage at .714.
Freshman Haleigh Washington followed her with 12 kills, one ace and one block. Senior Nia Grant rounded out the trio with 11 kills, three digs and six blocks while topping of her performance with a team-high hitting percentage of .846.
Oddly enough it seemed as if junior Megan Courtney might have fallen back into a bit of a funk that fans saw from her earlier this season. Her defensive stats have consistently improved, while her hitting percentages have consistently fallen.
The Courtney that fans know and love pinpoints her kills and usually finds herself amongst the team’s top hitters, or close to it. Lately she’s struggled to find her way to the top of that list. Against Iowa she tallied one lone kill.
While it might not be Courtney’s best season yet, she’s found ways to counter balance her struggling offensive game. She’s constantly totaling the team’s second- highest dig total, only coming in second to the defensive specialist.
Penn State’s defense limited Iowa to a measly 26 kills throughout the three sets. Between the Lion’s 38 digs and eight blocks, the team’s defense is not something to be overlooked.
At 25-3 and 13-2 in the conference, Penn State is ranked No. 6 in the AVCA coaches’ poll and still second to Wisconsin in the Big Ten. While the team continues to do what they can, they still need Wisconsin to lose at least one conference game to take over the Big Ten.
Another home game is set for Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 15. The Lions face Big Ten competitor Minnesota at 7 p.m. in their second to last home game of the season. Make it out to Rec Hall to watch a game before it’s too late!