Penn State women’s volleyball stays undefeated in Penn State classic
Penn State remains undefeated on the young season after not losing a set during last weekend's Penn State Classic at Rec Hall.
The blue and white played three matches in two days and didn’t allow an opponent to score more than 18 points during a single set.
That match was the opening game of the classic, which came against Howard.
Offensively, the attack was balanced for the Nittany Lions, with Allie Holland leading the team with 10 kills while Kashauna Williams and Zoe Weatherington had nine.
Howard put up 18 points in both the first and last set, but while the Nittany Lions were in control for the entire first set, the Bison held the lead in the third set until Penn State went up 18-17, where they would cruise for the sweep.
That was the only match the Nittany Lions would play on Friday as they were in for a doubleheader the next day.
The morning brought the University at Albany Great Danes in what would be the quickest match of the weekend for the blue and white.
Penn State capitalized on the Great Danes' mistakes as the error category was a lopsided one. The Great Danes doubled the Nittany Lions' error totals with 22 compared to Penn State’s 11.
Penn State did not find as high of numbers in the kill department compared to the first game, as Weatherington and Holland led the team with six kills each.
The most points that the Great Danes had in a set came in the second set with 16, however, that set opened on a 7-0 Penn State run.
Later that day, the Nittany Lions closed out the classic against arguably the best team they would play last weekend in the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
The Chanticleers came into the match with the best record of any non-Penn State team at 8-4. Even they fell victim to a high error total, however, with 22 compared to the Nittany Lions’ eight.
Weatherington yet again led the team with nine kills, while Holland and Anjelina Starck each was right behind with eight.
Coastal Carolina’s first set was easily its best with 17 points, but the latest it led during the set was an 11-9 score.
From there, Penn State cruised to a sweep and finished the classic undefeated while improving to an 11-0 record. The Nittany Lions will open up conference play on Friday against Indiana in Rec Hall.
Logan Bourandas is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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