Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke just missed a 20-20 effort with 19 kills and 19 digs to pace No. 5 seed Nebraska to a five-set win over No. 1 Penn State and send the Huskers to Saturday’s national title match.
Eleven schools were represented on the 14 member first team All-America team with Stanford earning three honors and Penn State notching two. Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke was named AVCA Freshman of the Year.
Penn State’s quest for its 13th NCAA Final Four berth took three match-point attempts and overcoming a pair of Spartan set point tries, but in the end, the Nittany Lions finished off the sweep.
Penn State is the lone team of the four in the University Park regional to make it to the Elite Eight or further in the last five years. Illinois last advanced past the Sweet 16 in 2011, while Missouri and Michigan State last made the regional finals in 2005 and 1996 respectively.
MATCH STATS No. 1 Penn State def. Pittsburgh 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19) Penn State moves to 31-1; Pittsburgh ends…
Sophomore right side Nika Markovic notched a 17-kill, 13-dig double-double and four blocks to lead a quartet of Pitt players with double-doubles in Pittsburgh’s first round win. Meanwhile, Penn State held Howard to .085 in a four-set win in Match 2 in University Park.
Seniors Haleigh Washington and Simone Lee led No. 1 Penn State to a four-set road win over No. 7 Minnesota to clinch the Nittany Lions a share of the Big Ten title.
This scouting report will focus on the last relevant regular season match the Big Ten has to offer—#1 Penn State at #7 Minnesota.
#1 Penn State quickly swept Indiana in Rec Hall on Wednesday night.
Simone Lee posts second straight double-double to propel Penn State to home sweep over Maryland.