Nov. 2, 2013
Final Stats (PDF)
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seniors Deja McClendon and Ariel Scott led the No. 2 Penn State women's volleyball aggregation (20-2, 11-1) to a straight-set achievement (25-14, 25-18, 25-20) at No. 14 Michigan State (18-6, 7-5) Saturday black at Jenison Field House. The celebration extends the accepted acceptable band to 11 after matches and marks the 37th time in affairs history that the Nittany Lions accept accomplished 20 wins in a season.
McClendon led the breach with 14 kills on .423 hitting, abacus eight address and one block. Scott followed carefully abaft with 13 kills, recording a .462 hitting clip, while additionally tallying six address and four blocks. Defensively, Dominique Gonzalez led the aggregation with 11 digs, while chief Katie Slay acquaint bristles blocks, including one abandoned stop.
Junior Micha Hancock paced four Nittany Lion attackers to .400 or bigger hitting, while allegorical the band to a .451 all-embracing advancing percentage. Hancock dished out 35 assists, abacus nine address and one block.
Penn State leapt out to an 11-3 advantage to booty ascendancy of an aboriginal advance in set one. The scoring band featured two kills and three absolute blocks from Slay, including one abandoned stuff. The Nittany Lions affiliated to cull away, affective advanced by as abounding as eight, 17-8, afore the Spartans attempted to atom some drive with a 5-3 spurt. Capitalizing on three Michigan State errors, McClendon added a annihilate to annular out a 4-0 band that put Penn State at set point, 24-13.
MSU captivated off the set-point advance with a kill, but followed with a account absurdity to defended a 25-14 achievement for the Nittany Lions in the aperture frame. PSU hit .435 in the aboriginal stanza, after a distinct advancing error. McClendon led the way with four kills.
The Nittany Lions took advantage of addition ample advance in set two, as Slay, Scott and McClendon all helped PSU to a 7-2 advance with a leash of kills. Regrouping, the Spartans apoplectic the advance with a annihilate and affiliated to burden Penn State, affective aural one, 13-12, amid through the set. The Lions answered with a 5-2 stretch, featuring back-to-back kills from Scott to clean the advantage to four, 18-14.
Michigan State kept it abutting with a 2-1 burst, 19-16, but Penn State followed with a 4-2 strike, capped off with a annihilate from Grant to accomplish it 23-18. Scott bound up a 25-18 win in the additional set with back-to-back kills to put PSU up 2-0 in the match.
Both teams battled carefully for the advance aboriginal in the third set, until Scott affiliated on a annihilate and again commutual up with Slay for a block to move the Lions advanced by two, 12-10. The Spartans managed to tie the set, 13-13, afore Penn State acclimated a 4-1 bang to advance a three-point cushion, 17-14. The Nittany Lions raced to a match-point on a 7-4 run, afore the Spartans tallied two quick credibility to access aural four, 24-20. Scott smacked over a annihilate to allowance a 25-20 win in the third set to complete the sweep.
Up next, Penn State allotment home from the alley to acceptable Purdue and Indiana to the cloister at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions booty on the Boilermakers Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. afore adverse the Hoosiers Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Friday's bout is THON Night, featuring chargeless acceptance to accouchement 12 and beneath who download and blush one of the appropriate Penn State appearance pages from the Nittany Lion Facebook folio and accompany it with them to the match.