Women’s Volleyball Continues Winning Streak

Women’s Volleyball Continues Winning Streak

No. 15 Penn State women’s volleyball (11-3, 3-0) continued their domination of the Big Ten this past week with two triumphant wins against No. 18 Michigan State and No. 22 Michigan at home in Rec Hall.

On Friday night, Penn State took on the competitive Michigan State (12-3, 1-2) and bested them in three intense sets.

Rec Hall was filled to the brim with slightly under 4,000 attendees.

It was yet again powerhouses Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) who helped the team defeat the Spartans.

Right from the start, the game was a back-and-forth battle between Penn State and Michigan State. Penn State and Michigan were tied up, and then Michigan went ahead by two points, only to be taken down thanks to momentum started by Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario).

The second set yet again saw multiple moments of a tied score, but standouts Lee and Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.) helped Penn State win the set, 25-20.


The final set was won much more decisively thanks to positive momentum established by the Nittany Lions, who celebrated a win thanks to a 25-13 final set.

Penn State had a .432 hitting percentage, compared to a .207 put up by Michigan State, and PSU secured 11 total team blocks compared to the Spartan’s four.

On Saturday evening, Penn State took on the Michigan Wolverines and showed their dominance by notching yet another win in three sets.

Penn State showed its true colors on the court by securing a lead early on in the first set, going on to win it by five points.

The second set showed more flavor, with multiple tied scores and lead changes. It was Gorrell who helped the Lions see a set victory thanks to a positive momentum-changing kill that was followed by a block from Washington and Thelen.

The third set was a no-brainer for the Nittany Lions, who put the nail in the coffin with a 5-1 lead early on. The Wolverines never came more than three points away from the lead.

Penn State was a force to be reckoned with on the court thanks to its .432 hitting percentage and 47 kills on Saturday. Michigan did not even come close.

Penn State takes on No. 1 Minnesota this Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. We hope to see you there!