Saturday featured 12 matches with the winners earning a ticket to the Sweet 16 next weekend. Eight of the matches ended in sweeps, although two of those provided upsets as No. 9 Creighton and No. 11 USC fell to Washington and San Diego respectively.
The No. 8 seed Penn State women’s volleyball team advanced to the third round of the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-16) sweep of the Orange of Syracuse on Saturday evening in Rec Hall.
Kaitlyn Hord (pictured right) is back for a Penn State team that is on a roll of late.
Penn State’s five-set comeback win snapped a seven-match losing skid against the Huskers with the last win PSU coming on Nov. 29, 2014 in University Park.
It was famine or feast in the Big Ten on Friday night, with Michigan State and Ohio State surviving against Indiana and Rutgers, while #12 Penn State and #17 Michigan won via sweep.
In a match filled with young talent, Minnesota senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson pushed the 8th-ranked Gophers to a sweep of #7 Penn State.
Tori Gorrell is one of seven returning Nittany Lions for the Nittany Lions, who play eight total matches against teams in last year’s Sweet 16.
Scouting the National Semifinal between #1 Penn State and #5 Nebraska for a shot at the title.
No. 1 Penn State used an efficient offense to move past unseeded Missouri in a sweep on Friday afternoon to earn its eighth NCAA Elite Eight appearance since 2006.
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.