Double-Double From Simone Lee Lifts #1 Penn State to Road Sweep

  0 Brandon Johnson | November 10th, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Info

  • #1 Penn State at Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Penn State improves to 24-1 (14-1 Big Ten); Iowa drops to 16-12 (5-10 Big Ten)
  • Attendance: 1538
  • Box Score

The top ranked Penn State Nittany Lions avoided a late season let down as Simone Lee tallied a big double-double to help the guests sweep the host Iowa Hawkeyes Wednesday night in Iowa City. Set scores were 25-10, 25-17, and 25-12.

Lee tallied 16 kills and 15 digs while Haleigh Washington accounted for 5 blocks. Sharing setting duties, Abby Detering and Bryanna Weiskircher combined for 37 assists and Kendall White tied Lee for team high honors with 15 digs. With the win, Penn State improved to 24-1 (14-1 Big Ten) and will return to action on Saturday, November 11th to host Maryland.

The Nittany Lions dominated every major statistical category, but most impressively, they held the Hawkeyes to a minuscule .040 hitting percentage on the night while hitting a solid .350. Penn State also led the match in kills 46-25, aces 6-0, assists 42-25, digs 49-37, and blocks 11-5.

Taylor Louis led the Hawkeyes with 8 kills while Annika Olsen tallied 12 digs. Gabrielle Orr handed out 22 assists to go along with 5 digs. Iowa dropped to 16-12 (5-10 Big Ten) and will return to action on Saturday, November 12th to host Ohio State.


Press Release:

Courtesy of Iowa Athletics

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team fell, 3-0, to No. 1 Penn State on Wednesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


Set 1 (10-25) | Top-ranked Penn State took an early lead and never trailed, securing a 1-0 match advantage. Jess Janota led Iowa with three kills and a .333 attack percentage.

Set 2 (17-25) | With the score knotted 7-7 after a tightly fought start to the set, the Nittany Lions scored back-to-back points to take a lead they would not give up. The Hawkeyes cut into Penn State’s advantage, but PSU finished the set victory and took a 2-0 lead into intermission.

Set 3 (12-25) | Penn State jumped out to an early advantage and went on to clinch the 3-0 match victory. Taylor Louis and Taylin Alm each had three kills for Iowa.


“We did ok in the second set, but we did not get the effort required tonight. This is the time of the year where the great teams are starting to rise, and we have to be one of those teams. Penn State showed us why they are number one. We have our last home match here on Saturday night against Ohio State. It’s a monster match for us. We need to come up with at least two more wins in conference play. It’s not going to be easy for us. We’ve just got to give way better than we gave tonight.”


The Hawkeyes close out the home slate on Saturday against Ohio State at 8 p.m. (CT). Saturday is Senior Night, with a presentation to honor the seniors prior to the match.


  • Iowa: 16-12, 5-10 B1G
  • No. 1 Penn State: 24-1, 14-1 B1G


Press Release:

Courtesy of Penn State Athletics

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball team took down Iowa, 3-0; 25-10, 25-17, 25-12, in midweek Big Ten Action on Wednesday evening in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) led the way for Penn State as she tallied 16 kills on a .429 hitting percentage. She also scooped up 15 digs, adding three blocks and two aces.

Fellow outside Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) added eight kills, four digs and three blocks.

On the defensive side of things, Kendall White (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 15 digs for Penn State.

Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Co.) finished with just four kills, but added five blocks in just three sets.

Abby Detering (Mentor, Ohio) had a well-rounded match, dishing out 20 assists, adding five kills, four digs, two aces and two blocks.

Bryanna Weiskircher (Rockford, Ill.) added 17 assists and three digs.

Lee dominated the opening set as she put down five kills and added eight digs. She also added two block. As a team, the Nittany Lions hit .353 in the opening set. They put down 14 kills, but also added 22 digs. Along with Lee’s eight, White added seven of her own digs. Penn State opened up the match with a 25-10 win.

In the second set, the Nittany Lions continued to feed Lee. She added eight kills in the set, and entered the break with a .500 hitting percentage. Lee also added another five digs in the set. Iowa showed more pushback in the second set, and forced a couple set points, before the Nittany Lions would put the set away, 25-17

The final set saw Frantti lead the way with five kills in the set as Penn State jumped out to a commanding lead, and refused to relinquish, taking the set, 25-12.

As a team, the Nittany Lions hit .350 for the match, and held the Hawkeyes to a .040 hitting percentage. Penn State also out-blocked Iowa, 11.0-5.0.

The Nittany Lions return home on Saturday, Nov. 11 for their Homecoming Weekend match versus Maryland at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.

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