No. 2 Volleyball suffers first loss of season at No. 4 Penn State
Sept. 1, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ariel Scott had 12 kills while Deja McClendon added 11 kills Saturday as the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions swept the No. 2 Texas Longhorns (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) in Rockvale Outlets Big Four Volleyball Classic action. The Longhorns (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season after opening with five straight 3-0 sweeps.
Micha Hancock posted 34 assists for the Nittany Lions (5-0) with five kills, five digs and two aces.
Both teams got off to a shaky start in the first set. After trailing 14-13, Penn State used three straight points to take the lead. Eckerman later tied it at 19-19, but a service error and two hitting errors by the Longhorns sparked a 4-1 run for the Nittany Lions. McClendon put down two more kills as Penn State won the first set.
Kristin Carpenter's ace gave Penn State a three-point lead in the second set, 13-10. Eckerman and Bell registered two kills each as the 6-1 run put UT back on top at 16-14. Penn State called timeout, down 19-17, and responded with three straight points to retake the lead. Nia Grant's kill sparked the 5-1 run to make it a 2-0 lead in the match for the host Nittany Lions.
The third set was even for both teams. Webster tied it at 18-18, but Megan Courtney would put PSU ahead for good. Katie Slay and McClendon teamed up on back-to-back blocks as the Nittany Lions would pull away and finish off the sweep.
Texas returns home to face No. 16 Minnesota in back-to-back matches on Thursday (Sept. 6) and Friday (Sept. 7) at Gregory Gym. Both matches will start at 6:30 p.m. with a live broadcast on Longhorn Network. Gametracker live stats along with an audio webcast will be available on TexasSports.com and live Twitter updates @TexasVolleyball.
Notes: Haley Eckerman and Khat Bell were named to the all-tournament team...tonight was only the second loss in 17 matches when Haley Eckerman and Bailey Webster record double-digit kills in a match...freshman Nicole Dalton had a season-high 20 assists tonight.