Monday, 11 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

No. 16 Women’s Volleyball Drops Road Match at No. 19 Purdue


WEST LAFEYETTE, Ind. —  No. 16 Penn State Women’s Volleyball came up just short in its attempt at a reverse sweep Sunday afternoon, dropping a road match to No. 19 Purdue 3-2 (25-17, 25-15, 21-25, 20-25, 15-12) in a Big Ten match at Holloway Gymnasium.
The Nittany Lions fell in five sets to a nationally-ranked team for the second time in three days as they saw their record dip to 15-8 overall and 9-5 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have the same records and moved into a tie with the Nittany Lions for third place in the conference standings.
Jess Mruzik had a double-double of 27 kills and 11 digs for Penn State, while Purdue countered with 27 kills and 14 digs from Chloe Chicoine. Eva Hudson joined Chicoine to help put the Boilermakers on top with her 24 kills and nine digs.
Penn State was coming off a five-set loss to No. 1 Nebraska on Friday before making the flight to West Lafayette the following day. Sunday then marked the team’s fifth five-set match of the season, including three in a span of nine days.
Zoe Weatherington, who eclipsed 1,000 career kills during the match against Nebraska on Friday, carried that momentum into Sunday with a big match against Purdue. She hit .444 with 11 kills and four blocks. Camryn Hannah also had 11 kills. Mac Podraza finished with a double-double of 49 assists and 14 digs.
Defensively, Penn State tallied 12 blocks and had three players reach double-digits in digs. Allie Holland and Taylor Trammell recorded four blocks apiece. Gillian Grimes led the team with 21 digs.
Purdue’s Maddie Schermerhorn helped…

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