- #1 Penn State def. Indiana, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-16)
- Penn State improves to 26-1, 16-1 Big Ten; Indiana falls to 12-17, 1-16 Big Ten
- University Park, Pennsylvania
- Attendance: 2653
- Box score
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For the fourth straight match, #1 Penn State held their opponent to under .100 hitting percentage, this time against Indiana in a sweep at home, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-16). The Hoosiers hit .083 Wednesday night, Maryland (11/11) hit .047, Iowa (11/8) hit .040 and Rutgers (11/4) hit .056. Sixteen of the nineteen rostered players for Penn State saw playing time Wednesday night.
Penn State was led offensively by senior middle blocker Haleigh Washington with 10 kills on 15 errorless swings. Washington also blocked 5 balls on the night. Speaking of blocking, redshirt sophomore middle blocker Tori Gorrell led all net defenders with a match-high 8 blocks, while also pounding 6 kills and hitting .500 against Indiana. Senior setter Abby Detering and redshirt junior setter Bryanna Weiskircher had 19 and 15 assists, respectively, in setting the Nittany Lion offense to a .337 clip. Sophomore libero Kendall White led Penn State with 8 digs. Senior outside hitter Ali Frantti put away 9 balls while hitting .333.
Indiana was led at the net by redshirt sophomore outside hitter Kendall Beerman with 10 kills and 7 digs. Beerman recorded her 500th career kill for the Hoosiers. Junior right side Elizabeth Asdell had 9 kills and hit a team-high .389 against Penn State. Sophomore setter Victoria Brisack had the lone double-double in the match, distributing match-highs of 23 assists and 10 digs. The double-double against Penn State was Brisack’s 11th of the season.
Courtesy of Penn State Athletics
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball team swept Indiana, 3-0; 25-21, 25-16, 25-16, on Wednesday evening in Rec Hall to move to 16-1 in Big Ten action, and 26-1 overall.
The Nittany Lions put up impressive numbers at the net against the Hoosiers. Penn State tallied 13.0 blocks, posting 4.0 in the first set alone, while Indiana finished the match with just 1.0 total. Tori Gorrell (Oakville, Ontario), Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.), and Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Co.) recorded eight, six, and five, respectively, to extinguish the Hoosier offense.
Along with her impressive defensive performance, Gorrell delivered an effective offensive outing as well as she posted six kills on a hitting percentage of .500.
Washington came in blazing in the first set, putting down five kills in the opener. The senior middle blocker finished the game with a match-high 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .667.
Senior outsides Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) and Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) continued to be staples in the Penn State offense as they posted nine and six kills, respectively. Frantti finished with a .333 hitting percentage, adding five digs, while Lee finished with .316 clip and seven digs.
Setters Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio) and Bryanna Weiskircher (Rockford, Ill.) led the offense by subsequently dishing out 19 and 15 assists. Detering added six digs and a service ace in tonight’s match.
The Nittany Lions have managed to hold their last four opponents to sub-.100 hitting percentages, as they held Rutgers to .056 (11/4), Iowa to .040 (11/8), Maryland to .047 (11/11) and on Wednesday night, they held Indiana to .083.
Courtesy of Indiana Athletics
COLLEGE PARK, Pa. – Sophomore Kendall Beerman recorded her 500th career kill but the Indiana volleyball team came up short on the road at No. 1 Penn State in three sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-16) on Wednesday at Rec Hall.
Beerman led the Hoosiers with 10 kills on the night, her 15th double-digit kill performance of the season. Beerman has 255 kills this season for Indiana.
Sophomore setter Victoria Brisack recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 23 assists and 10 digs. Junior captain Elizabeth Asdell continued her strong offensive attack with nine kills and she hit .389 for the match.
The Hoosiers (12-17, 1-16) came out strong in the opening set as they jumped out to 10-7 lead on a kill from Deyshia Lofton. Beerman connected on five of her first eight attempts to hit .500 in the first set.
The Hoosiers kept it close trailing 22-18, but Penn State made a surge with an efficient offensive attack and a .400 hitting percentage in the first set to win it, 25-21.
In the second set Indiana limited Penn State to eight kills and that hitting percentage dropped to .148 for the set and .258 for the match, well below the Nittany Lions season hitting percentage of .351. Indiana had 10 kills in the second set and allowed Penn State to win the second set and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Nitany Lions hit .632 in the final set to close out the match in three sets.