#9 Penn State sweeps #19 Ohio State for 15th Consecutive Win

  0 Kaitlynn Bianconi | October 20th, 2016 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News


No. 9 Penn State swept the No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes to claim their 15th straight win at home for their Dig Pink night and continued their Big Ten streak to go up 9-0.

The Nittany Lions remain in the top spot of the most elite NCAA Div I conference.

In their fundraising efforts, Penn State was able to raise over $4,000 for the Side-Out Foundation through bids, contributions and a silent auction. The Side-Out Foundation is a support organization that helps continue breast cancer awareness, education and patient services that unites both players and coaches.

Penn State dominated the court Wednesday night, out-blocking Ohio State 11-4. Simone Lee led the Lions with 12 kills, and Haleigh Washington also posted double digit kills, tallying 10.



Courtesy of Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 9 Penn State women’s volleyball team (17-3, 9-0 Big Ten) won its 15th-straight match on Wednesday evening, taking down No. 19 Ohio State (13-8, 3-6 Big Ten) 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17) inside of an energized Rec Hall.

The Nittany Lions block was in full force Wednesday evening, as the team out-blocked the visiting Buckeyes, 11.0-4.0. Redshirt freshman Tori Gorrellpaced the team at the net with a total of six blocks while adding five kills on a .500 attacking clip. Juniors Haleigh Washington and Heidi Thelenposted three apiece.

Washington and classmate Simone Lee both contributed double-figure kills. Washington posted 10 on a team-best and season-high-tying .769 clip, while Lee posted 12 kills and added three digs.

Detering led the team’s passing efforts, logging a team-high eight along with 34 assists to guide PSU to a .356 hitting clip. Defensive specialistsKendall White and Keeton Holcomb posted eight and six digs, respectively, while senior Laura Broerman added five.

The Penn StateOhio State contest served as Penn State’s annual “Dig Pink” match. Thanks to the fans’ contributions and bids at the team’s silent auction, the contingent managed to raise over $4,000 to the Side-Out Foundation, a support and advocacy organization that unites volleyball players and coaches to work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.

Penn State will take to the road for its next matchup, traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the No. 16 Michigan Wolverines. First serve is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

PSU opened the first set on a 4-1 tear, with a kill and an ace from Washington powering the spurt. A kill from Lee opened the lead to 6-3 before a 4-0 run from the Buckeyes gave OSU the lead, 7-6. The sides swapped points before Ohio State climbed to a 14-12 lead. The Nittany Lions then rattled off three points in a row, as a kill from Thelen took Penn State into the media timeout with a 15-14 lead.

The Nittany Lions didn’t slow out of the break, taking three of the next four points, capped by another kill from Lee for an 18-15, Penn State lead.  The lead grew to four after a pair of OSU errors, forcing a Buckeye timeout at 21-17. The teams once again traded blows before a kill from Gorrell made it set point. An Ohio State kill temporarily stalled PSU before a kill from Lee the next play sealed the first, 25-21.

Penn State opened the second set the same as the first, with a 4-1 tear. Junior outside hitter Ali Frantti scored the fifth point before a block from Thelen and Gorrell four plays later made it a 6-3 PSU lead. Ohio State scored before a 4-0 run from Penn State, capped by a kill from Washington. Ohio State cultivated a run of its own, pulling within three, at 11-8, on a 4-1 spurt. Kills from Washington and Gorrell followed by an ace from Detering made the lead six for PSU at 16-10. Ohio State pulled within three again at 17-14 before a 4-0 run powered by a trio of Nittany Lion blocks extended the lead to seven at 21-14.

Ohio State scored five more times before an errant shot by the Buckeyes gave PSU a two-set advantage heading into the break.

A pair of kills and a solo stuff from Washington guided PSU to a 5-1 lead to begin the third. OSU scored three straight before a pair of errors widened the gap to three in PSU’s favor, 7-4. Another kill from Frantti made it a three-point set once again at 13-10. The Nittany Lions went on to manufacture a 7-3 run, with three players recording kills and Washington adding an ace for a 20-13 lead. Ohio State pulled within five at 21-16 before Penn State closed out the match on a 4-1 run. Detering hammered the ball down to win the third frame, and the match, 25-17,

– No. 9 Penn State defeated No.19 Ohio State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17) Wednesday evening, leading the Nittany Lions to a 15-match winning streak.
– The win improves Penn State’s overall record to 17-3 and Big Ten record to 9-0.
– Two different Nittany Lions recorded double-figure kills in the night’s match. Junior Simone Lee led the offense posting 12 kills, while Junior Haleigh Washington followed in a close second with 10 kills.
– The Nittany Lions out-blocked the Buckeyes in the match, 11.0-4.0. Four players logged multi-block games, with redshirt freshman Tori Gorrell leading the way with six stuffs.
–  Penn State logged a .356 hitting percentage with four players hitting .364 or higher. Haleigh Washington led the way with a .769 clip.

Penn State holds a 47-14 advantage in the all-time series against Ohio State
– At home, Penn State holds a 24-5 edge in matches played against the Buckeyes and is now on a 19-match win streak against OSU.

Haleigh Washington, junior middle blocker: Washington led the team with a .769 hitting percentage, matching her season high. She posted 10 kills, two aces and three blocks, tying her for second on the team in blocks with Heidi Thelen.

Simone Lee, junior outside hitter: Lee led the offense for the 18th time in 2016 with 12 kills. She posted three digs and a block.

Ali Frantti, junior outside hitter: Frantti tallied seven kills, marking her fourth-straight match posting five or more. For the ninth time this season she recorded a pair blocks.

Abby Detering, junior setter: Detering led the team in assists for the 17th time this season, recording 34 in the match. She also led the team from the service line for the seventh time in 2016, posting three aces. Detering posted eight digs in tonight’s match, tying with Kendall White to lead the team.

Heidi Thelen, junior middle blocker: Thelen recorded four kills and three blocks. It marked her second game in a row posting three blocks.

Kendall White, freshman defense specialist: White posted eight digs, leading the team with Detering, while adding three assists, and an ace in the match.

Tori Gorrell, redshirt freshman middle blocker: For the 11th time in 2016, Gorrell posted a team-high in blocks with six. She also logged five kills.

What’s Next:  Penn State will travel to Michigan to face the No. 16 Michigan Wolverines Saturday night.

Nittany Lion Numbers

Simone Lee (12 kills, 3 digs, 1 block)
Haleigh Washington (10 kills, 1 dig, 3 blocks)
Kendall White (1 ace,  8 digs)
Abby Detering (3 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs, 1 block)

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Courtesy of Ohio State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Valeria León pulled even with Stacey Gordon (2001-04) for the Ohio State all-time lead in career digs, adding nine digs Wednesday night at Penn State, to run her career total 1,572. León’s next dig will give her sole possession of the school record. Senior classmate Taylor Sandbothe blasted 15 kills at a .429 attacking rate in a losing effort at No. 10 Penn State (17-3, 9-0 Big Ten). The 19th-ranked Buckeyes fall to 13-8 overall and 3-6 in conference play. The final scoreboard read 25-21, 25-20, 25-17.

Saturday’s upcoming match is not only likely a record-breaking night for León, but also the annual `Bucks Go Pink’ Match – joining in the effort to raise breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink attire to go along with a giveaway of pink pomp oms and pink yowies.

SET 1: The Buckeye offense came out firing at a .370 hitting pace, led by Taylor Hughes’ four kills and nine assists, involved directly in 13 of the team’s 15 terminating swings. She sent the rock in the direction of Sandbothe for five put-aways and connected with Brooke Bailey for a kill on three of four sets. Unfortunately, the Nittany Lion attack was clicking as well – reaching their 15 kills while swinging .429 in pulling out a late victory, 25-21.

SET 2: Sandbothe kept it coming in set number two, blasting eight kills on a dozen errorless attempts. The rest of the Buckeye lineup put up just six kills compared to seven errors, however. In addition, Penn State only slightly slowed down in attacking .344 and grabbing the second stanza, 25-20.

SET 3: While Ohio State‘s defensive efforts improved in the third frame, the offense went in the opposite direction. The Buckeyes battled through early on though, digging out of a 5-1 hole to trim the deficit down to a lone tally at 9-8 on an ace from Hughes. Penn State thwarted any further attempts to overtake its lead from there and closed out the evening, 25-17.

Up Next: Ohio State will host No. 11 Michigan State Spartans Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Buckeye Stats

Taylor Sandbothe (15 kills, 1 dig)
Taylor Hughes (7 kills, 1 aces, 3 digs, 2 blocks)
Valeria Leon (9 digs)
Luisa Schirmer (3 kills, 8 digs)

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