Penn State volleyball wins Penn State Classic with Saturday sweeps
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- No. 1 Penn State women's volleyball (3-0) captured the Penn State Classic crown with a dominant straight set (25-13, 25-12, 25-9) victory against William & Mary (1-2) Saturday evening in Rec Hall.
Freshman Simone Lee led the offense with 10 kills, four digs and a solo stuff for her first career double-digit kill performance. Redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney followed closely behind with nine kills.
Freshman Ali Frantti totaled seven kills, four digs and tied for first on the squad with four blocks to earn Penn State Classic Most Outstanding Player honors.
Junior Megan Courtney led the defense with seven digs, while also tying for first on the team with four blocks. In addition to eight kills, Courtney earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. Senior Micha Hancock joined her on the All-Tournament team, notching five kills on seven errorless swings, as well as two aces and five digs.
Nittany Lions move to 3-0 on the year after a 3-0 win (25-13, 25-12, 25-9) vs. W&M! #vbscores— PennStateVolleyball (@PennStateVBALL) August 31, 2014
Earlier on Saturday, Penn State swept past Iona in three sets (25-13, 25-14, 25-11) in Rec Hall to earn a spot in the title game.
Frantti led the offense with her second consecutive double-digit kill performance, posting a team-high 11 kills, as well as two aces, two digs and two blocks.
Whitney and Courtney followed close behind with eight kills each. Courtney also contributed five digs and two blocks. Making her collegiate debut, freshman Heidi Thelen recorded eight kills, while also tallying a team-high three blocks.
Sophomore Kelly Robertson matched a career-high mark with two blocks, adding one kill.
Senior Dominique Gonzalez anchored the defense with a team-high 11 digs. Hancock paced the team to a .329 hitting clip, dishing out 30 assists, while also ranking second on the team with eight digs.