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Penn State Women's Volleyball Beats Pitt, Advances to Sweet 16

by on December 02, 2017 9:40 PM

No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball downed in-state foe Pitt, 3-1, Saturday night in Rec Hall to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions put together a more complete showing than the previous night against Howard, topping the Panthers 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19 behind big showings from Simone Lee and Haleigh Washington.

How It Happened

Washington, Lee, and fellow senior Ali Frantti tallied five kills apiece in the first set, helping the Nittany Lions put away a charging Panthers squad. All three would finish with double-digit kills. Sophomore libero Kendall White showed tremendous awareness on a ball that glanced off the net and just out of bounds, holding Frantti back from attacking it late in the frame.

Lee was practically flawless in the first two sets, recording just one error after struggling Friday versus the Bison. Untimely service errors from Bryanna Weiskircher and Emily Sciorra, however, allowed Pitt to take the second set and even things up at 1-1.

Penn State refused to let the Panthers build too much confidence, securing a hard-fought victory in the third frame the taking control early in the fourth. White and senior setter Abby Detering paced the defense with 15 and 14 digs, respectively, as the Nittany Lions turned on the boosters to reach the next round.

The win marks the 15th consecutive year that Penn State has advanced to the NCAA regionals.

Player Of The Match

Simone Lee | Senior | Outside hitter

Lee posted a match-high 19 kills, four digs, four blocks, and two assists against the Panthers.

What’s Next?

The top-seeded Nittany Lions (31-1) will host the winner of Missouri-Wichita State in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Time of the match has yet to be announced.

Ethan Kasales is a freelance writer in State College.
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