Penn State Weekly Check In

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey wrapped up its 2016-17 fall semester portion of the season last week, taking down Michigan in a pair of back-to-back wins before heading to the break. 

Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky and freshman forward Liam Folkes recapped the Big Ten conference sweep while also looking toward some time off. 

Catch up with the Nittany Lions in their video sessions below. 

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BLOG: Consistency Helps Penn State Past Lehigh

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State wrestling continued its dominance at Sunday's Bryce Jordan Center Dual, defeating ninth-ranked Lehigh in front of more than 15,000 fans.

"I think overall we wrestled pretty good," Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson said. "I think that's a good team, a top 10 dual team for sure. I think they're going to beat some good teams this year, tough all the way up and down their lineup for the most part." 

Although true freshman Nick Suriano opened the afternoon with an impressive victory against sixth-ranked Lehigh junior Darian Cruz, the Nittany Lions were trailing 7-3 after a pair of losses at 133 and 141 for Nittany Lions Jered Cortez and Jimmy Guliabon.

Suriano, who has been a spark for the Nittany Lions all season, handed Cruz, an All-American, his first loss of the season.

"That was big," Sanderson said. "When you have a leadoff man who is consistent and their effort is consistent and their mindset is consistent, I think that's a huge blessing to the program. So, we're very happy, blessed and grateful to have Nick as our leadoff man."

When first asked about his first collegiate outing in the packed venue, Suriano made no mention of his dominant performance, focusing rather on the opportunity.

"This arena is unbelievable," Suriano said. "We were just talking about it before, Rec Hall is a little more personal, fans are a little louder and a little more uptight, but this is the kind of atmosphere I train for and this is what Penn State offers and it's awesome. Beating a ranked guy, it doesn't matter it's just getting out to wrestle for me, is wonderful in this environment."

Penn State's top-ranked Zain Retherford shifted the momentum for the Nittany Lions, pinning ninth-ranked Laike Gardner to remain unbeaten on the season.

At 184, third-ranked Bo Nickal registered his seventh consecutive pin of the season, downing Kyle Gentile at the 2:35 marker. 

For Nickal, he simply credited his success this season to a focused approach on one match at at time.

"I'm just having fun," Nickal said, "I love wrestling, so every time I get to go out there I'm just competing with gratitude."

Along with Retherford and Nickal, Penn State cruised to the 30-10 final score with Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Matt McCutcheon (197) and Nick Nevills (285) all clinching wins.

At 3-0 on the season, Penn State returns to action Sunday, Dec. 11, hosting Binghamton at 2 p.m. in Rec Hall.

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By Tom Shively, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Trailing 4-1 after two periods Sunday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena, the Penn State Nittany Lions needed a spark to get them back on track.

And that's exactly what they got to begin the third period.

Two goals in the first six minutes from Meike Meilleur and Laura Bowman cut the deficit to 4-3, highlighting one of the best stretches of hockey Penn State has played all season. They completely dominated puck possession in the offensive zone, taking control of the tempo of the game and wearing down the Robert Morris defensemen.

"One of the things we stress is short term thinking, breaking things down into chunks," head coach Josh Brandwene said. "We don't ever want to get ahead of ourselves. We want to live in the moment. Breaking it down into chunks was something they really responded well to and when you do that, that's when you can live in the moment, have a six or seven-minute stretch that goes like that."

Bowman's goal early in the third period was one of three total for her on the day, and was also the most critical as it gave the Lions confidence that they could pull out of their three-goal hole.
 

"It gave us hope," Bowman said. "We changed up and it ended up working really well. I just wanted to get the puck over to Amy [Petersen] because I knew she was flying down and it just so happened she made a great pass back to me and I was able to put it away."

Unfortunately, a game-tying goal was not in the cards for the Nittany Lions, who ended up on the wrong side of a 6-5 score. But the comeback, not the loss, is what this team will take away from the game.
 

"Teams of championship caliber, sometimes they're made in the difficult moments. I truly believe today was one of those days," Brandwene said. "It's one thing to face adversity once, it's one thing to face it over an eight or ten-minute stretch. It's another thing to be down the way we were down on a number of times today. It's another thing altogether to play with that 'it-factor' where you just want it so badly you can taste it. That's something I saw from this hockey team in the last 20 minutes that's far above even what I've seen in the past. While frustrating to lose, that is a big gain for us as a hockey team and I'm really excited about the second semester."

"It definitely shows our team's ability to come back," Bowman said. "We continued to play our game and even played a better game than we did in the first 40 minutes and just dominated the last 20 minutes. We just need to bring those 20 minutes to the full 60."

The Nittany Lions had a chance to tie the game in the final minute, but a breakaway empty-net opportunity from Robert Morris trickled through a Penn State defenseman trying to block the goal for a decisive 6-4 lead, one the Colonials would not yield.

Bowman was able to net her third goal of the game on a power play with just under 30 seconds remaining, bringing Penn State back within one. But the Nittany Lions couldn't get another quality shot on net as time expired.
 

The one-goal loss followed up a 4-2 defeat Saturday, a game in which the Nittany Lions hung with Robert Morris for most of the game. Two late goals, one deflecting off the skate of a Penn State defenseman and another empty-netter, proved to be the difference as the Colonials were able to come out on top.

"Bounces happen, that's a part of hockey," Brandwene said. "We were actually in exactly the right position on their third one that did bounce in, so sometimes you do exactly the right thing and the wrong outcome happens."
 

The Nittany Lions have almost a month between now and their next game as they prepare for final exams and the holidays. They resume play on Dec. 30-31 with trips to play Quinnipiac and Princeton before we usher in the new year.

By Tom Shively, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa - Trailing 4-1 after two periods Sunday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena, the Penn State Nittany Lions needed a spark to get them back on track.

And that's exactly what they got to begin the third period.

 

Two goals in the first six minutes from Meike Meilleur and Laura Bowman cut the deficit to 4-3, highlighting one of the best stretches of hockey Penn State has played all season. They completely dominated puck possession in the offensive zone, taking control of the tempo of the game and wearing down the Robert Morris defensemen.

 

"One of the things we stress is short term thinking, breaking things down into chunks," head coach Josh Brandwene said. "We don't ever want to get ahead of ourselves. We want to live in the moment. Breaking it down into chunks was something they really responded well to and when you do that, that's when you can live in the moment, have a six or seven-minute stretch that goes like that."

 

Bowman's goal early in the third period was one of three total for her on the day, and was also the most critical as it gave the Lions confidence that they could pull out of their three-goal hole.

 

"It gave us hope," Bowman said. "We changed up and it ended up working really well. I just wanted to get the puck over to Amy [Petersen] because I knew she was flying down and it just so happened she made a great pass back to me and I was able to put it away."

 

Unfortunately, a game-tying goal was not in the cards for the Nittany Lions, who ended up on the wrong side of a 6-5 score. But the comeback, not the loss, is what this team will take away from the game.

 

"Teams of championship caliber, sometimes they're made in the difficult moments. I truly believe today was one of those days," Brandwene said. "It's one thing to face adversity once, it's one thing to face it over an eight or ten-minute stretch. It's another thing to be down the way we were down on a number of times today. It's another thing altogether to play with that 'it-factor' where you just want it so badly you can taste it. That's something I saw from this hockey team in the last 20 minutes that's far above even what I've seen in the past. While frustrating to lose, that is a big gain for us as a hockey team and I'm really excited about the second semester."

 

"It definitely shows our team's ability to come back," Bowman said. "We continued to play our game and even played a better game than we did in the first 40 minutes and just dominated the last 20 minutes. We just need to bring those 20 minutes to the full 60."

 

The Nittany Lions had a chance to tie the game in the final minute, but a breakaway empty-net opportunity from Robert Morris trickled through a Penn State defenseman trying to block the goal for a decisive 6-4 lead, one the Colonials would not yield.

 

Bowman was able to net her third goal of the game on a power play with just under 30 seconds remaining, bringing Penn State back within one. But the Nittany Lions couldn't get another quality shot on net as time expired.

 

The one-goal loss followed up a 4-2 defeat Saturday, a game in which the Nittany Lions hung with Robert Morris for most of the game. Two late goals, one deflecting off the skate of a Penn State defenseman and another empty-netter, proved to be the difference as the Colonials were able to come out on top.

 

"Bounces happen, that's a part of hockey," Brandwene said. "We were actually in exactly the right position on their third one that did bounce in, so sometimes you do exactly the right thing and the wrong outcome happens."

 

The Nittany Lions have almost a month between now and their next game as they prepare for final exams and the holidays. They resume play on Dec. 30-31 with trips to play Quinnipiac and Princeton before we usher in the new year.

Perseverance Pays Off in Big Ten Championship Win

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INDIANAPOLIS - On Friday, it was Penn State head coach James Franklin who told a room full of media members at the Big Ten Championship game that the one word to describe the Nittany Lion 2016 season was persevere.

Just a little more than 24 hours later, the Nittany Lions put on yet another resilient showing, proving that perseverance is truly the foundation for Penn State's Big Ten Championship season.

The path to hoisting the Big Ten Championship game trophy into the air Saturday evening wasn't anything short of extraordinary, but that's nothing the Nittany Lions aren't already used to.

Against Minnesota, it was Irvin Charles' 80-yard touchdown that sparked a double-digit comeback. Against Ohio State, it was the Marcus Allen blocked field goal that Grant Haley returned 60 yards for the touchdown to secure another comeback from a double figure deficit. We'll arrive at Allen and Haley later.

Near the end of the first half Saturday, the Nittany Lions were faced with yet another challenging deficit, trailing 28-7.

Penn State refused to back down in the first half though, as quarterback Trace McSorley relied on his arsenal of talented wide receivers, tossing four plays of at least 12 yards, culminating in a 40-yard touchdown pass to Saeed Blacknall to send the Nittany Lions into the locker room down 28-14.

A renewed Nittany Lion team emerged from the locker room though, determined to engineer another comeback this season.

In the first Wisconsin drive of the second half, Penn State's defense paved the way, forcing the Badgers to settle for a 48-yard field goal attempt, which they missed.

Now cue the momentum shift, as McSorley found Blacknall for a Big Ten Championship game record-70-yard touchdown on the first play of the Penn State scoring drive, pulling the Nittany Lions within seven after the Tyler Davis PAT.

Penn State continued to chop up field with chunk play after chunk play in the third quarter, as Barkley dashed for a 16-yard rush before McSorley found Chris Godwin for a pair of 13-plus yard pass plays to set up the 1-yard Saquon Barkley touchdown that tied the score, 28-28.

Limiting the Badgers to just a field goal in the third quarter, the Nittany Lions had found their stride with the defense making stops and the offensive line giving McSorley the extra crucial moments to key in on his talent receivers downfield.

Before long, it was veteran DaeSean Hamilton, who backed up his clutch first half third down conversion grabs with back-to-back catches of at least 25 yards, to put Penn State in perfect position for McSorley to find Barkley for the 18-yard touchdown catch to send the Nittany Lions ahead, 35-31 in the fourth quarter. Penn State's explosive offense was clicking.

With plenty of time left in the frame, the Penn State defense took over, as linebacker Koa Farmer sacked Wisconsin quarterback Bart Houston for a loss of four before defensive tackle Kevin Givens came through with the stop on third-and-16 forcing the Badgers to punt.

Although the Nittany Lions managed to convert on a 24-yard Davis field goal, the Wisconsin offense was surging, staring down a fourth-and-1 opportunity at the Penn State 24-yard line with just over a minute to play.

Out of Wisconsin timeout, it was Haley once again, who came up with the game-winning play to secure another one of Penn State's signature comeback victories this season.

From the first Penn State blocked field goal returned for a touchdown in what is believed to be program history, to a perfectly timed fourth-and-1 stop, Haley and Allen helped halt Badger running back Corey Clement to end the Wisconsin scoring threat. 

When asked about the connection between he and Allen on two of perhaps the most pivotal plays of the season, Haley prefers to bring it back to the team as a whole.

"I don't think it's just us two," Haley said. "I think it's the whole 11 guys out there on the field, even coaches in the box and the scout team. It's just something that our coaches prepare for us. And when the time - when it's time to step up, I feel like any person on our defense or offense is going to step up, and it just happens to be the situation that Marcus and I have been in two great situations."

Guided by a pair of 100-yard receivers in Blacknall and Hamilton, McSorley finished with career-high and Big Ten Championship game record 384 passing yards, throwing four touchdown passes for the second consecutive game.

In total, just three of McSorley's top three targets (Hamilton, Blacknall and Gesicki) combined for 331 of Penn State's 435 yards of total offense. 

"The wideouts made unbelievable plays for him and the tight ends made unbelievable plays for him," Franklin said postgame. "We said, look, we felt really confident about our wide receiver to DB matchups and tight end to DB matchups, but we just needed to strain, strain a little bit longer in protection and give us some time, and we'd have a chance to do some good things."

Good things turned into great things Saturday evening as the Nittany Lions emerged with their fourth overall Big Ten Championship title and first Big Ten Championship title game victory since it began in 2011.

"It's been our script all season long," Franklin said. "We've done it all different ways. We've done it with comebacks at the end of the game, two-minute drives. We've done it where we've blown people out. We've done it where we had to come back in the second half. We've done it with field goal plays, blocked field goal plays. We've done it a lot of different ways. But that's the sign of a good football team when you find different ways to be successful." 

Now, it's on to the bowl game.

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Sunday afternoon, the Nittany Lions received their official invitation to the 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual to take on USC Monday, January 2 at 5 p.m. ET in Pasadena, California.

Making their first appearance in the "Granddaddy of Them All" since a 38-24 loss to the Trojans in 2009, the Nittany Lions are set for their 47th all-time bowl outing. 

Franklin joined a pair of press conferences Sunday evening to talk about the selection. Here are a few takeaways.

- Franklin noted that like the Nittany Lions, the Trojans are one of the hottest teams in college football, stressing that the matchup presents one of the scarier programs playing with a high level of confidence leading up to the selection. 

"Obviously feel like USC is a very, very talented team, and once the quarterback started clicking for them, then distributing the ball, the whole team just kind of -- they developed around him," Franklin said. "So it's been fun to watch. It's exciting to watch. They're a dangerous team."

- Trojan head coach Clay Helton watched last night's Big Ten Championship game and it's not hard to guess who impressed him.

"I've just had the opportunity to watch Penn State really on TV and culminating in last night's exceptional win, and the one thing that jumps out at you right off the bat is offensively how talented they are with Barkley and McSorley and the points they're putting up," Helton said. 

- It's business as usual for the Nittany Lions leading up to the bowl game. Penn State coaches will hit the road recruiting giving the team some time to recharge before getting into practice. There's no stress around planning or logistical preparations though, as Franklin noted that plans have already been in place since preseason.

"We do all the schedules and all the calendars for all the bowls in preseason, in the summer," Franklin said. "We already have those all set and ready to go so we have a pretty good understanding of what's going on. We'll go back and make some slight adjustments to it but all those things are pretty much set ahead of time."

VIDEO: Postgame James Franklin & Players - Wisconsin

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INDIANAPOLIS - Penn State Football engineered a thrilling 21-point comeback Saturday evening to capture the Big Ten Championship with a 38-31 win against Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

Catch up with head coach James Franklin as well as Nittany Lions Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley, Malik Golden, Jason Cabinda, DaeSean Hamilton, Saeed Blacknall and Mike Gesicki following the win. 

Player Interviews

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By: Jeff Sattora, GoPSUsports.com Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- From the moment she first put on a Penn State uniform just over a year ago, it was evident to anyone watching that Teniya Page had talent.  The sophomore guard put on another show Saturday afternoon, as a career-high tying 31 points helped to lead the Penn State Lady Lions past Marshall, 82-80 in the Bryce Jordan Center. 

For head coach Coquese Washington, this is nothing out of the ordinary compared to the Page she's seen the last two years.  And, while the talent is there, it may be her basketball IQ that puts her over the top. 

"Teniya is a really smart player. I think when you look at how she scored 31 points in 15 shots, she's a very efficient player. She does a great job of finding and picking her spots; not just being a volume shooter. I think that's why she was able to have a good night," Washington said.  "When you have the high basketball I.Q. that she has, only good things happen."

Page helped get the Lady Lions going early, as she dropped in five of Penn State's first nine, and eight total points in a first quarter that saw the Lady Lions trailing 23-17 at the break.  Despite the deficit, a 3-pointer by Page with one second left in the quarter, her second of the game, was a sign of things to come.  

The big bucket sparked a 9-0 run to begin the second for the Lady Lions, giving the home team it's first lead of the day at 24-23 and then 26-23 before Marshall responded.  

Following the big Penn State run, Marshall responded with a 10-2 run of it's own, before a back-and-forth finish to the quarter saw the Thundering Herd take a 37-35 lead into intermission. 

Despite the big first half swings, the second half would be a close battle throughout, and for the home team that meant it was Teniya Page time.  After dropping 12 points in the first half, the guard doubled her scoring in the third, dropping 12 in those 10 minutes alone, including two of her game-high five 3-pointers to pace the home team.  

Saturday marked the second time in Page's young career that she hit five triples in one game, and for defenses, that outside shot is a scary combination with her quick first step. 

"I think it stretches the floor, especially if I'm making the 3's then they have to guard me which opens me up for the pull-up or the drive," she said.  "Then when I drive I can kick it out to my teammates. I think it just gives me more options and spreads the floor." 

One of those five 3's gave the Lady Lions a 59-58 lead heading into the fourth, a quarter where neither team would pull ahead by more than one possession until the final minute.  While big 3-pointers by Page were key to end the first and third periods, it was a driving layup that sealed the Lady Lions' victory. 

Page's slashing bucket with 35 seconds to go gave Penn State a 78-77 lead, and was the final of 13 lead changes between the two teams on the afternoon, as Penn State hit free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.  

For Page, the success she saw on the day, including her clutch late layup, was a result of reading the defense and taking what was given.

"I think being ready to shoot when people were attacking the gaps and also attacking the gaps myself, which made me available to shoot the pull-up," she said on her success.  "That's pretty much it and knocking down free throws." 

While Page's 31 points highlighted the box score, it was a team effort to secure the victory for Penn State.  Three other Lady Lions chipped in with double-digit scoring, led by 19 points from Sierra Moore to bring home the victory for the home team.

For Washington, continuing to find that balance in the scoring column will be key to the Lady Lions' success as the season goes on. 

"I think we've got to continue to find balance on the offensive end," she said.  "Sierra has recently shown that she can do that for us and so we've got to keep working with a few more players to be consistent on the offensive end."

The Lady Lions will look to keep the winning ways going as they hit the road to take on Holy Cross next Wednesday at 7 p.m. 


By Alyssa Palfey,
GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With country cross season just coming to an end, and the first indoor track meet of the season soon, the Penn State distance team is now in full track mode.

"It's been an outstanding fall. Obviously, the vast majority of athletes in middle distance group were doing some really high quality cross country training this past fall and really helped our team have a successful fall season," said head coach John Gondak. "The women as runner-ups in the Big Ten and winning the region and advancing to nationals. The men for getting a top five finish at the regional championships. Everybody has built up a fantastic base." 

Cross country season has allowed the athletes to already have solid training under their belt, but now the Nittany Lions are gearing up for their first indoor meet and are doing more track-based workouts.

"Now that cross country is over we're going to transition that into some quality track work. I think we have some outstanding athletes between the middle distance and distance side, both the men's and women's program," said Gondak. "I'm really looking forward to this indoor season."

The women had great success this cross country season, with 2015 Cross Country All-American Tessa Barrett and 2016 Cross Country All-Americans Elizabeth Chikotas and Jillian Hunsberger.

Last indoor season, Tessa Barrett ran the fastest 5,000-meter time in program history (15:46.08). Barrett also placed third in both the 3,000-meters (9:16.49) and 5,000-meters (15:51.56) at the Big Ten Championships. She also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 5,000-meters and recorded an 11th place finish with a time of 16:25.94. 

Elizabeth Chikotas ran the 5th fastest time in program history in the 5,000-meters at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington, running a time of 16:04.66. Chikotas placed third in the 3,000-meters at the Penn State National (9:17.58) and recorded a personal best in the mile at the Nittany Lion Challenge (4:45.59). Chikotas was also a part of the winning distance medley team and 4x800-meter relay team that won at the Penn State Relays.

Current junior Jillian Hunsberger did not compete during the 2016 indoor season, but did compete in a few meets outdoor. Hunsberger had a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Big Ten Championships in the 5,000-meters, running a personal best of 16:18.95.

For the men's middle distance and distance, last indoor season standouts were Isaiah Harris and Colin Abert.

Coming off a sixth-place in the 800-meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials is sophomore Isaiah Harris. Harris won the 800-meter at the Indoor Big Ten Championships running his all-time Big Ten record time of 1:46.24. That is also Penn State's all-time fastest indoor 800-meters time. He also has the fourth fastest 600-meter run in program history with a time of 1:17.50. Harris was also a part of Penn State's second all-time fastest distance medley relay.

Also, a sophomore this year, Colin Abert finished eighth in the mile at the 2016 Indoor Big Ten Championships (4:10.95). Abert recorded an 8:08.94 in the 3,000-meters at the FastrackNational Invite. He also took third in the 1,500-meters at the Penn State National (3:48.15). 

"They're responding really well from a great fall cross country season, which I'm really excited about," said assistant distance coach Angela Reckart. "They're really strong aerobically, so I'm just looking forward to continue to build on that for track."

The Penn State Track team will first be in action at their Blue and White intrasquad meet next Sat. Dec. 10th at the Multi-Sport Complex on campus.  

2016 Gameday Live - No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 6 Wisconsin

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the first time in program history, Penn State is headed to the Big Ten Championship game, as the seventh-ranked Nittany Lions are set to meet sixth-ranked Wisconsin in Saturday's title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.   

Follow along with our live blog for all your in-game updates in one place as well as exclusive content. 


Live Blog No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 6 Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship)
 

Balanced Lions Silence Blackbirds

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By Jack Milewski, GoPSUSports.com Student Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Nittany Lions continued their dominance in the NCAA first round Friday night with a convincing straight set victory against LIU Brooklyn to advance the Nittany Lions to yet another second-round matchup.

Penn State used a balanced attack to overwhelm the Blackbirds, who were the NEC champions after a 16-14 season. Penn State limited LIU Brooklyn to eight points in the first set and six in the third set on their way to one of the quickest matches they have played all season long. It was a game Penn State was expected to win and they did just that, wasting little time.

"First off I want to congratulate Long Island on a great season," Nittany Lion head coach Russ Rose said. "I thought we played well tonight in a situation where the other team just couldn't seem to get themselves going."

Penn State certainly got going early and often as they started the match on a 16-3 run behind the hot serving of Abby Detering. She poured in 28 assists to go along with three service aces to lead the team. Detering also had 10 digs to give her a double double on the match.

On the offensive side, Penn State was efficient, hitting at a .403 clip, one of their highest totals since their out of conference slate ended. Simone Lee led the charge with 12 kills, but the main key for Penn State was a lack of attack errors. 

"I thought we did a solid job in the game of not committing errors and keeping the ball in play," Rose said. "I thought it was nice to get some of our other players in the match as well and I thought Clare Powers had a good match for us off the bench."

As always has seemed to be the case this year, Kendall White was once again a star in the back row for Penn State. White, who gained All-Big Ten freshman honors just this past week, had 18 digs and was the recipient of high praise from her coaching staff after the game.

"I thought she was really good tonight," Rose said. "She was always in the right place at the right time and just overall did a real nice job."

The Nittany Lions will not have much time off as they have to quickly recover and take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at 6:30 in Rec Hall. The Panthers are coming off an impressive victory over the Dayton Flyers, who came into this NCAA tournament with college volleyball's best winning percentage at 30-1 on the year. The Panthers dominated in sets three and four to take the match. Penn State talked about their matchup tomorrow with high expectations of Pitt.

"That first match was played at a very high level today," Rose said. "We will need to be better than we were today because Pittsburgh is a very good team and they have beat some good teams this year as well."

"We are prepared for them and we've scrimmaged them the last couple of springs so we should be ready to go tomorrow," added Lee.

Penn State will be in front of their home crowd for the final time this season tomorrow when they take on the Panthers. 

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