Sunday, 10 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

No. 16 Women’s Volleyball Falls in Five to No. 1 Nebraska in Rec Hall Sellout


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 16 Penn State Women’s Volleyball had No. 1 Nebraska on the ropes before falling 3-2 (15-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-13) in a Big Ten match Friday night at Rec Hall. The match was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,645 fans.
The Nittany Lions fell to 15-7 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten, while the Cornhuskers remained unbeaten at 22-0 overall and 13-0 in the conference.
Penn State battled back numerous times in the final set, first tying the score at 9-9 after falling behind 8-3. The Nittany Lions tied it again at 13-all after scoring back-to-back points, the second of which came on a block by Allie Holland and Zoe Weatherington. Nebraska scored the final two points on kills by Harper Murray and Merritt Beason.
Weatherington became the third Penn State player this season to reach 1,000 career kills, doing so with her first of the match. She went on to finish with nine kills and eight blocks.
Taylor Trammell had a huge match in the middle for Penn State, hitting .571 with nine kills and 10 blocks. Jess Mruzik also put up big numbers with 21 kills, eight digs, and four blocks. Holland hit .429 with seven kills, while Gillian Grimes did her part with 17 digs. Maddy Bilinovic and Anjelina Starck added nine and eight digs, respectively.
Mac Podraza guided the Penn State offense with 50 assists while leading the team to .298 hitting.
Merritt Beason was the star for Nebraska, hitting .426 with 27 kills. Harper Murray tallied 15 kills on .379 hitting. Bergen Reilly had 52 assists while leading the Huskers to .287 hitting….

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