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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com talks with senior libero
Dominique Gonzalez to recap the first three weeks of 2014 and look ahead to a
busy weekend in Rec Hall.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 3-ranked Penn State women's volleyball
team (4-1) will be heading back on the road again this weekend for the
Villanova Classic to face off American, Villanova, Yale, and Kansas.
The Nittany Lions will be playing doubleheaders on Sept.12 by taking on
American at 2:30 p.m. and Villanova at 7:30 p.m. The action will continue into
Sept. 13 as Penn State competes against Yale at noon and Kansas at 5:30 p.m.
Penn State traveled to California last weekend for the Big Ten/Pac-12
Challenge. The Lions fell to No. 2 Stanford (4-0) in a tight five-set match.
Freshman Ali Frantti led the offense with a career-high performance of 22
kills, in addition to 11 digs and two blocks. Junior Megan Courtney finished
the match with 18 kills, nine digs and five blocks.
"Obviously Stanford didn't turn out the way we wanted [it] to, but I
think we did a lot of things good and a lot of things not as good that led to
us losing, like we can't make six errors in the last game, especially when they
made zero," said Courtney. "Honestly, a win is a win just like a lost is a lost
and a lost is a way to learn. It's not a way to sulk in your sorrows; it's a
way to take what you did bad and turn it into something better the next day."
After the team fell to Stanford, the group rallied back by sweeping
UCLA (3-2) the following day. Frantti logged her fourth double-digit kill
record with 14 kills on .619 hitting. Senior Nia Grant chipped in with nine
"Losing to UCLA was not an option. It was a great team effort by
everyone and I think everyone brought their energy and understood that losing
sucks, so we don't want to feel that feeling again," said Courtney. "It was a
"It's a long season. We will work on the things that we need to work
on," said head coach Russ Rose. "I am
not discouraged by losing to Stanford."
Penn State vs. American
The Nittany Lions are 6-0 all-time against the Eagles. The two teams
last met on Dec. 3, 2004, and Penn State won the match, 3-0.
Scouting the Eagles
American (4-2) started the season well with a four-game winning streak,
but is currently on a two-game losing streak after falling to Marquette (3-0)
and seventh-ranked Florida State (5-0) over the weekend.
Penn State vs. Villanova
Penn State leads the series with a 13-0 record. The last matchup was on
Aug. 28, 2010, and the Lions defeated the Wildcats in three sets.
Scouting the Wildcats
Villanova (4-3) opened up the season with a solid 3-0 start at the
James Madison Classic, but recently struggled at the USD/SDSU Tournament by
losing all three matches. The team was able to gain their winning record once
again after beating Lehigh in straight sets at their home opener.
Penn State vs. Yale
The Nittany Lions have won all eight matches against Yale. Penn State's
most recent win was a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 21, 2013.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale owns a 1-2 record so far this season. It opened the season with a
1-2 record at the Yale Invitational where both Minnesota and Boston College
swept Yale in three sets, respectively. The Bulldogs did end up with a win
after beating Albany, 3-1.
Penn State vs. Kansas
This is the first meeting between the Jayhawks and the Nittany Lions.
Scouting the Jayhawks
With a 6-1 record and a four-game winning streak, the Jayhawks are off
to a strong start this season. They opened their season in the Kansas
Invitational against Utah Valley, Lipscomb, and Creighton. The Jayhawks came
out of the tournament with only one lost by falling to Lipscomb 2-3. A week
later, the Jayhawks became tournament champions at the Denver Invitational
after they defeated Bradley, Sam Houston State, and Denver. The Kansas winning
streak continued earlier this week when the Jayhawks defeated UMKC.
Following the weekend in Philadelphia, Penn State will return to Rec
Hall on Sept. 19 and 20 to take on Eastern Illinois, DePaul, UIC, and East
Carolina in the Penn State Alumni Classic.
By Samantha DelRosso, GoPSUSports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-- Six years ago, a young Ali Frantti sent head coach Russ
Rose an email, telling him that she wanted to be a part of the Penn State
women's volleyball team.
Now, as a freshman in college, that dream has come true.
After graduating from high
school early, Frantti arrived in Happy Valley last January. In just six months,
she has found herself in the team's starting lineup.
How did the Spring Grove,
Illinois, native earn that spot so early on in her collegiate career?
Head coach Russ Rose said
he was first impressed with her ability to score. After graduating 60 percent
of the team's points, it was crucial to find players to fill the void. Frantti
was, and is, a key figure in that process.
"We needed individuals that
were prepared to cut a lot of the slack offensively. She came in and her best
skill was attacking," Rose said. "That's what I thought her main calling card
was when she arrived."
Her ability to score points
started seven years ago when she first started playing volleyball.
She began participating in
local volleyball camps as a fifth-grader, after her mother encouraged her to
try it out. Frantti fell in love with the sport and she began playing
competitively in sixth grade.
From then on, Frantti
watched Penn State play, watching them win multiple national titles, and knew
this is where she wanted to play.
So when the time came to pick
a college, the choice was easy.
"I thought it was a great
place. Academically, and I just love the community. [I love] how every sports
team is like one team and everyone supports each other," Frantti said. "It was
a great fit and I'm so lucky to be here."
To her, being on the Penn
State women's volleyball team is an honor.
"I couldn't be prouder to
represent Penn State and their work ethic and what they stand for," Frantti
This weekend, Frantti will
have her first taste of tough competition, when the team travels to California
to play No. 2 Stanford and UCLA in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.
UCLA is 2-1, after falling
to Loyola Marymount last weekend. Two seasons ago, Penn State lost to UCLA in
the NCAA regionals, and the Bruins went on to win the national title.
Stanford beat two Top 20
teams on the road last weekend. Rose watched Stanford beat Nebraska last
weekend and said the team played like a veteran team.
"Their 2012 recruiting
class was the No. 1 class in the country. We've played against those kids the
last couple of years and they keep getting better," Rose said.
Matching up against Stanford
is hard to prepare for the entire team, but especially for the freshmen.
Frantti said the team is preparing by running plays in the gym and utilizing
the scouting reports. Aside from that, Rose said playing this weekend at home
was also a way to prepare the young players for the weekend ahead.
Frantti, the other freshmen
and the upperclassmen know how good Stanford is, but Rose said they scheduled
this tournament for a reason - to play good teams.
"I think that the Pac-12
and the Big Ten are the best conferences in the country in college volleyball,"
Rose said. "It helps us to play good teams before we play great teams in our
conference. Certainly UCLA and Stanford fit the bill in my mind."
Despite it being her first
match on the road, Frantti is fired up to play Stanford.
"I can't wait to get there.
They are going to be a great team and were expecting them to come full force on
us. We're going to go in there and play Penn State Volleyball."
The No. 1 Nittany Lions
take on Stanford at 9 p.m. ET on Friday and will face UCLA on Saturday at 8
By Samantha DelRosso, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --The Nittany Lions kicked off their first weekend
of the season with success as champions of the Penn State Classic inside Rec
Hall. The team defeated TCU, Iona and William & Mary and won each match in
Much of the success came from offensive powerhouse Ali Frantti.
Frantti, a freshman outside hitter, set the bar high in her collegiate debut.
She was the leading scorer against TCU and Iona. Frantti also proved her
blocking skills in all three matches.
Head coach Russ Rose was impressed with the freshman's performance. He said
it was a "marvelous introduction" into college volleyball for her and never
doubted starting her this weekend.
"Alli has been starting since she showed up. She's pretty much been on
the starting side since her first breath on campus," Rose said.
In the first match against TCU, Frantti had 13 kills and hit at a .500
hitting percentage. She also had four blocks.
Frantti said that the support from the veterans helped her shake off
her nerves in the first match.
Veterans like setter Micha Hancock and outside hitter Megan Courtney also led
the No. 1 Nittany Lions to victory in their first match of the season. Hancock
dished out 37 assists and had two kills and two blocks. Courtney had 12 kills
on .556 hitting. Senior Nia Grant had seven kills and two aces.
Penn State beat the Horned Frogs in three sets, 25-10, 25-17 and 25-17,
Rose noted that blocking and serving needs improvement, but was happy
with the team's first performance of the season.
"I feel fortunate that we played as well as we did this evening," Rose
Freshman Simone Lee also had her collegiate volleyball debut this
weekend. Against TCU, she recorded six kills. Like Frantti, the encouragement
from the upperclassmen helped Lee stay focused and calm throughout the
"For me, going in to the back row and seeing everyone on the sidelines
saying 'good job', 'keep it up', 'you can do it', they're always so encouraging
and helping you no matter what," Lee said. "All the support and everything that
comes with Rec Hall is just amazing."
The next match against Iona was equally as successful, as the Lions
defeated the Gaels in three sets (25-13, 25-14, 25-11).
Frantti led the offense again with 11 kills, two aces, two digs and two
blocks. Freshman Heidi Thelen made her debut against Iona, with eight kills and
a team-high three blocks.
Again, Rose was impressed with the performance of the freshmen players.
"If you can average five or six errors per game in the first weekend of
the year, with 3 freshman on the floor at times, you have to feel good not even
taking into account who is on the other side," Rose said.
In the final match of the weekend against William & Mary, Penn State
defeated the Tribe in straight sets (25-13, 25-12, 25-9). Freshmen Lee and
Frantti and redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney, who was nine for nine in kills, led
the offense in Saturday night's match.
Lee recorded 10 kills, four digs, and a block. This was her first
collegiate double-digit kill performance. Frantti had seven kills, four digs
and four blocks. Frantti was also named Penn State Classic Most Outstanding
Rose said it was a great tournament for Frantti to kick off her college
career. He said he will have an even better parameter of "how bright the star
might shine" after the matches next weekend against No. 3 Stanford and UCLA.
"She had a great weekend and she plays really hard and plays with a big
smile on her face. I think those things are for real, I don't think they're
manufactured. That's just the way she is," Rose said.
Hancock, who made the All-Tournament team, acknowledged the performance
of the freshmen and the support of the upperclassmen.
"Alli had a great weekend. She passed really well, hit well, no one
backed down or curled up when the lights turned on and that's what you like to
see in your teammates," Hancock said. "I think the upperclassmen did a really
good job of trying to talk to them and keep them focused on what's going on; not
so much of what's going on around you, but what's going on in the match."
Next up for the Nittany Lions is a trip to Palo Alto, California, to
play Stanford and UCLA.
By Samantha DelRosso, GoPSUSports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Having won five of the last seven NCAA titles, expectations
are always high for the Penn State women's volleyball team. Despite losing a
host of production from last year's squad, the squad expected to be among the
The No. 1-ranked Nittany
Lions graduated six seniors last season, including blocking powerhouse Katie
Slay to back row weapon Deja McClendon.
Head coach Russ Rose will turn to a roster blending eight new faces with
veterans as the Lions look ahead to the start of 2014.
"You enjoy great players when
they're here and you hope the players that come after them respect the
tradition and work hard to make those same sacrifices and contributions," Rose
After being on a team with players like McClendon, Slay and Ariel Scott for
many years, it may be hard for some players to get used to so many new faces.
Defensive specialist Dominique Gonzalez, who, as a senior, will be a team
leader this year, said she enjoys having the new faces in the gym because they
are excited to be there and are working hard to get better.
Junior outside hitter Megan
Courtney will also be taking on more of a leadership role this year. One of her
jobs will be to instill what needs to get done in the younger players. Being an older player also means that she will
become a go-to hitter. Courtney says that even though she is a veteran, she
will still need to perform well because the novice players this year are
"If I play well, everyone
else will be play well and that's what I can do to make the team better,"
Just two years ago, Courtney
was entering her freshman season, so she knows what the newcomers are going
through right now. As a freshman, Courtney played in 36 matches and said that
sometimes her head would get clustered during the match. She understands that
this may happen to the freshmen this year, but it's her job as an older player
to make sure they maintain a positive mindset.
"They're freshman, they make
mistakes, we all make mistakes, so it's a matter how we come off of those
mistakes and learn from them. To just prepare for the next point and not dwell
on the past," Courtney said. "We all make mistakes so it's a matter of how we
turn those mistakes into good points."
Outside hitters Alli Frantti
and Simone Lee are two freshmen that Rose said played well this preseason, but
there is competition going on between all of the new players.
"There's battles going on at
all the positions, but a lot of it is impacted by who is cleared for practice
that day," Rose said. "All of the net players have showed some talent and
potential. I saw it in most of them when I recruited them."
Rose said the speed of the
game is going to be the biggest transition for the younger players. And what bigger
change of speed than going from high school and club volleyball to the Big Ten
Conference. Rose said the much of the success of the team will be based on how
the coaching staff and older players prepare the younger players to compete in
the Big Ten environment, both at home and away.
"I know how good the
conference is and the quality of the players and coaches. [I know] how tough
the venues are. The older players who have been in the conference for two and
three years, they have a much better handle on it than the young people," Rose
Gonzalez shared a similar
outlook on the Big Ten and knows that the team must practice hard this season.
"We know conference is tough.
Every match we have to be prepared for. No ones going to be an easy game or
giveaway games and were trying to instill that in the other players," Gonzalez
said. "You start off the season completely new, we won it last year but that
means nothing this year. We are going to work to be successful again but we
know that's going to be a lot of work."
This weekend, the Nittany
Lions will kick off their season with three home matches. On Friday, they will
face TCU at 7:30 p.m. Last season, the Horned Frogs were 16-15.
On Saturday, Penn State will
play Iona and William & Mary in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,
respectively. Iona went 16-14 in the 2013 season and William & Mary was
Senior middle hitter Nia
Grant is ready for the weekend, but knows there is always room for improvement.
"You always want to get better,
so I'm going to still use this week to get ready for the games and continue to
get better as the season progresses," Grant said.
Rose said earlier this week
that Grant is one of only three players (Micha Hancock, Grant and Courtney) who
will definitely be on this weekend's starting lineup. The rest of the starting
lineup has been impacted by injury and inconsistency, so the time is now for
the freshmen to step up.
"We might start up to three freshmen. It's hard to start [the expected
starters] when they're not cleared to play right now," Rose said. "So we'll
play this weekend, and then we'll play the next weekend and we'll play
hopefully the next 17 weekends."
Winning the 2013 National
Championship means that all eyes will be on Penn State this season. And the
Nittany Lions know the road in 2014 won't be easy.
"I think everyone on the
team, coaching staff, players all agree with me when I say that its an
expectation to go back to the final four, but we all know that it's not just
given to us because we won last year," Courtney said. "It's what we do in the
gym that's going to do the talking."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The defending NCAA champion Nittany Lion women's volleyball team opens the 2014
season with three matches inside Rec Hall over the weekend. The Lions kick
things off on Friday against TCU at 7:30 p.m.
GoPSUsports.com caught up with head coach Russ Rose and a trio of players to
preview the 2014 season.
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Meet the Newcomers - Part I
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com sits down with the final four Nittany Lion women's volleyball newcomers in the second of a two-part series. No. 1 Penn State opens its 2014 season on Aug. 29 against TCU inside Rec Hall.
Meet the Newcomers - Part II
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
- GoPSUsports.com sits down with four of the Nittany Lion women's volleyball newcomers in the first of a two-part series. No. 1 Penn State opens its 2014 season on Aug. 29 against TCU inside Rec Hall.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The 18th of August cannot come soon enough for Sandy Barbour.
Introduced as Penn State Director of Athletics on Saturday afternoon, Barbour
is thrilled to begin her tenure as the leader of an athletic program that
aspires to continue its long history of excellence on and off the field of
"When you spend a professional lifetime serving institutions and most
importantly students, you dream about coming to a place like Penn State,"
Barbour said. "You dream about the opportunity to lead a program like Penn
State athletics. Why? Because it represents the opportunity to have it all: Athletic
excellence, academic achievement, community engagement and fiscal
responsibility. So thank you, Eric [Barron]. I am absolutely thrilled, over the
top excited about this opportunity and about being the athletic director at
A graduate of Wake Forest where she was field hockey team captain, Barbour grew
up on the East Coast and has always had a deep passion for Penn State
University and its athletic department. That's what drew her to the position
when she originally spoke with President Barron about the opportunity.
Immediately, Barbour felt a connection with the people, pride and remarkable
accomplishments of Penn State University and its athletic department.
"I love the 'We Are Penn State.' I particularly love what it stands for. It
stands for family," Barbour said.
Barbour desires to see national titles in all 31 sports on campus. But first
and foremost, she will strive to lead a department with student-athletes who
are elite performers in the classroom.
"We are athletic programs again that are all part of a university," Barbour
said. "Our student-athletes will be students first, Penn State is incredibly
proud of the academic performance of their students and we will continue to
Eager to hit the ground running when she begins her duties as athletic director
in 23 days, Barbour wants to learn from everyone in the department, especially
the head coaches leading Penn State's 31 athletic teams.
"Unity doesn't mean one opinion, and I actually embrace that, embrace the
diversity of opinion, diversity in a variety of different ways, and I actually
think that will make us stronger in our ability to move forward," Barbour said.
"As I said before, I have something to learn from everybody, and I'll be doing
a lot of listening."
Numerous head coaches were in attendance at Saturday's introductory press
conference. The coaches and athletic department staff then had a chance to
mingle with Barbour at a private reception before she boarded a flight to
Chicago for Big Ten meetings. The head coaches in attendance exuded great
confidence in the future direction of the athletic department.
"There is a culture, history and tradition of
tremendous academic achievement at Penn State and that will continue," said
head football coach James Franklin. "I know it's important to our president,
athletic director and all of our coaches. That will continue. I know we'll
spend as much time as we need to so we can start building."
"I am truly thrilled that Sandy Barbour will serve as
the next athletic director for Penn State," Lady Lions head coach Coquese
Washington said. "Sandy is a strong, dynamic and passionate leader. She is also
an incredibly smart visionary and strategic thinker. It is exciting to imagine
all the ways Penn State University, and Penn State athletics in particular,
will be positively impacted by her leadership."
"I loved everything I heard today," head women's hockey coach Josh Brandwene
said. "She has passion, vision and just a great understanding of the Penn State
community. Both as a head coach and as an alumnus, I am really excited to start
working with her."
Barbour will return to California in the coming days to prepare for her
full-time return to Happy Valley on Aug. 18, and the new leader of Penn State Athletics
is fired up to get started.
"We are Penn State. I'm
all in. I'm ready to get going," said Barbour.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As the calendar begins to shift towards the start
of the 2014-'15 athletic season, GoPSUsports.com wanted to take a look back at
a tremendous campaign for Penn State Athletics.
Fueled by national championships from women's volleyball, wrestling and fencing,
Penn State accumulated a record point total in the Learfield Sports Directors'
Cup in 2013-'14.
Penn State's three NCAA Championships are its most since winning three in
1999-2000. Penn State student-athletes, who have an 88 percent graduation rate,
won a school record-tying and conference-best eight Big Ten titles in 2013-'14
and 16 over the past two years, easily topping second place Michigan (9) in
combined titles the last two years.
Take a look back at some of the top events from a stellar Penn State sports
Men's Hockey: Oct.
11, 2013 - Penn State 4, Army 1 (First Game in Pegula)
It was a night fans in Hockey Valley had been dreaming of
for years. The Nittany Lion men's hockey team christened the state-of-the-art
Pegula Ice Arena with a dominant performance before a boisterous sold out crowd
on opening night for the 2013-'14 season.
At 8:14 p.m., the puck dropped in the first game inside Penn State's sparkling
new home for hockey.
Nate Jenson owns the honor of tallying the first goal for the Nittany Lions in
Pegula. He took a feed from Taylor Holstrom early in the first period and beat
Army goalie Rob Tadazak to the high corner, glove side. Just as Jensen scored,
the crowd of 6,370 exploded and Zombie Nation blared through the speakers.
An early third-period two-on-one shorthanded goal from Curtis Loik and a
breakaway goal from David Goodwin would spark the same reaction. Leading 3-1,
Eric Scheid notched a last-second empty net goal to seal the first win in their
inaugural game in Pegula.
Hockey Valley could
not have any been prouder of its team following the 4-1 victory, and the
student section made that very clear. The Roar Zone was full song from the
moment it walked into the building 90 minutes before faceoff.
The Nittany Lions went on to win four games inside Pegula Ice Arena during
their first Big Ten season. The list of victories included a thrilling 4-0 win
over Michigan and a 4-2 triumph over Ohio State during conference play.
Football: Oct. 12,
2013 - Penn State 43, Michigan 40 (Beaver Stadium)
Down by 34-27 at its own 20-yard line with 50 seconds on the clock and no
timeouts, Penn State found itself in a difficult situation in sold out Beaver
Stadium against rival Michigan.
The stakes were simple. Drive down the field and score a touchdown or the game
True freshman and 18-year old signal-caller Christian Hackenberg jogged onto
the field to lead the offense during the 2-minute drill with the game on the
On first down at the 20, Hackenberg connected with Robinson, who dragged his
toe just inside the sideline paint in front of the Penn State bench for a
One play later, it was Brandon Felder's turn.
Hackenberg's toss to Felder in front of the Michigan bench covered 29 yards and
set up another first down at the Michigan 37-yard line.
Two plays later, Robinson returned to the spotlight with the play of the game.
Hackenberg fielded Ty Howle's snap and looked to Robinson, who was lined up
wide on the left side of the formation. Robinson stuttered in the first 10
yards of his route, attempting to freeze the Michigan defensive back. As he
regained full speed, Hackenberg's pass was in the air.
Robinson skied over the Michigan defender and plucked the ball at the highest
point in his jump before falling to a rest at the 1-yard line.
Hackenberg finished the drive off with a plunge into the end zone, capping off
a five-play, 80-yard game-tying touchdown drive that covered just 23 seconds on
The teams exchanged blows in the overtime frames before Bill Belton became the
hero. Belton trotted into the north end zone of Beaver Stadium for a game-winning
touchdown in the fourth OT, capping off an epic comeback and a victory that
will live in Penn State history for decades.
Women's Volleyball: Dec.
21, 2013 - Penn State 3, Wisconsin 1 (Championship Match)
Penn State's road to the national semifinals in Seattle was not an easy one
in 2013. After knocking off LIU Brooklyn and Utah inside Rec Hall to open the
NCAA Tournament, the Nittany Lions traveled to Kentucky for the regional round
of the 64-team tournament.
Penn State rallied from 1-0 down to defeat Michigan State in the regional
semifinals, which set up a showdown against seventh-seeded Stanford for a trip
to the national semifinals.
The Lions and Cardinal battled to a fifth set in what evolved into an epic
clash among two of volleyball's heavyweights. Penn State trailed Stanford 9-6
in the fifth before head coach Russ Rose used a timeout. Out of the break, the
Lions were not going to be denied.
Penn State scored the next six points in the decisive set on the way to
punching a ticket to the national semifinals in Seattle.
Playing in the NCAA semis for the 11th time in program history, Penn State
rolled over Washington (3-0), which was playing just four miles from its
campus, with a truly dominant performance.
The national title match, the Lions' ninth all-time appearance, was next.
Facing off against Wisconsin in the first all Big Ten national final, Penn
State jumped out to a hard-fought 2-0 lead before the Badgers rallied to make
Wisconsin took a 23-20 lead in the fourth and was just two points from forcing
a fifth set, but the Lions were not done. A service error from the Badgers made
it 23-21. With ice water in her veins, ESPY nominee Micha Hancock stepped to
the service line. The junior delivered four potent jump serves, two of which
dropped for aces, before senior Deja McClendon's kill clinched the program's
sixth national title and fifth in the last seven years.
In six NCAA Tournament matches this season, the Nittany Lions dropped just four
Men's Basketball: Jan.
29, 2014 - Penn State 71, Ohio State 70 (Value City Arena)
The Nittany Lion basketball team trailed Ohio State, 59-48, with 7:58 to play
in Columbus after Buckeyes capped off a 10-2 scoring run.
Penn State never panicked, largely thanks to a dominant performance from D.J.
Newbill down the stretch.
A pair of buckets from Jordan Dickerson and two free throws from Newbill set
the score at 62-59, Buckeyes, with 2:20 to play.
Newbill then fielded a long pass moving right to left across the floor from
Frazier before burying a corner three, which tied the game at 62-62 with 1:08 to
go. Ohio State scored the next three points to make it 65-62.
Newbill answered in the form of a second clutch 3-pointer with 11.0 seconds to
After Ohio State's final possession in regulation came up empty, the game
headed into overtime.
The Buckeyes took a 70-67 lead on a pair of Lenzelle Smith Jr. free throws in
the extra frame, but Newbill was not done.
The Philly product snaked through the Ohio State defense for a lay-in with 45
seconds to play, pulling the Lions to within one (70-69). The Buckeyes turned
the ball over on the next possession, setting up an inbounds play with 13.2
Tim Frazier inbounded to Jordan Dickerson, who handed the ball off to
D.J. Newbill in front of the scorer's table. Down one with 11 seconds to play
in overtime as he crossed halfcourt, Newbill raced to the right side of the
The Philly native wanted the ball in his dominant hand. With one of the Big
Ten's top defenders an arm's length away, Newbill began his move with 5.4
seconds on the clock.
After one power dribble to his right, he sent the ball to his left hand under
Aaron Craft's extended right arm. Newbill took one more power dribble with his
left hand before elevating at the right elbow with 3.5 seconds on the clock.
The ball never touched the rim as it sailed through the cylinder to give the
Lions a 71-70 victory. Penn State's win at Ohio State was its first since 2001.
Women's Basketball: March
1, 2014 - Penn State 77, Michigan 62 (Bryce Jordan Center)
To put it simply, Senior Day couldn't have gone any better for Penn State's
four seniors in 2014.
Maggie Lucas, Talia East, Dara Taylor and Ariel Edwards all
were double figure scorers on a day where they were honored with friends and
family in attendance as the team claimed its third consecutive Big Ten title
with a 77-62 over Michigan.
Edwards led the Lady Lions with 21 points on 8-for-12
shooting from the field while Lucas, East and Taylor added 17, 16 and 11 points
Penn State had control of the game from start to finish as
they shot 54 percent from the field, missed just one free throw on 19 attempts
and collected seven blocks and 11 steals.
The group of seniors combined for 65 of the team's 77
points; epitomizing their leadership during their time at Penn State in their
last regular season home game.
That was expected from a group of four leaders who ensured a
team of seven freshmen didn't miss a beat coming off of two-straight conference
titles heading into the season.
Edwards, Lucas and East left Penn State as one of the winningest classes ever.
They finished with 101 wins, good for second in program history. Taylor was at
Penn State for 75 of the 101 wins after transferring from Maryland.
With all of the championships, accolades and wins, it was a
perfect way for Lucas, East and Taylor to complete their Penn State careers.
Penn State's third-straight Big Ten title put the Lady Lions in elite company
with Iowa and Ohio State as the only programs in the conference to win three or
more consecutive conference crowns. The title also fueled the Lady Lions'
second run to the Sweet 16 in past three years.
Wrestling: March 22,
2013 - Nittany Lions Clinch Fourth-Straight NCAA Title
Penn State's reign over the college wrestling world continued in March
when the Nittany Lions captured their unprecedented fourth-straight NCAA team
title in Oklahoma City.
Fueled by NCAA individual crowns from seniors Ed Ruth at 184 pounds and David
Taylor at 165 pounds, the Lions celebrated on the sport's grandest stage inside
Chesapeake Energy Arena as the 2014 national champions.
By no means was the fourth title an easy one for the Nittany Lions, who edged
Minnesota by 5.5 points in the final team standings. Following a victory from
Ruth at 184 pounds, the Lions pulled ahead of the Gophers by 1.5 points after
two championship bouts.
Minnesota suffered setbacks in its two national title bouts, with the second
coming in the ninth match of the evening. As the 157-pound bout ticked to zero
on the clock, the white-clad Penn State fans rose to their feet to celebrate
the program's fifth national championship.
But the work was not quite done for the Nittany Lions, as Taylor was on deck in
the final championship match of night against Oklahoma State's Chris Perry.
You could not have scripted a better way for Taylor's career to end in a Penn
State singlet than the way it did on Saturday night. The epitome of a team
player, Taylor's imprint on the program goes far beyond his stellar accolades. He
didn't miss a match at the national tournament because he wanted to support his
fellow teammates. On Saturday morning, he did not need to be at the arena, but
he was the first to greet fellow senior James English as he came off the mat
after his critical win in the seventh-place match at 149 pounds.
Thanks to another dominant performance, Taylor finished off his collegiate
career with a victory in the final match of the national tournament, an individual
national title and a team title.
Taylor and Ruth played a paramount role in Penn State's fourth-straight title,
but the Nittany Lions will remain atop the NCAA wrestling mountain because of a
hard-fought team effort in the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Fencing: March 23,
2014 - Nittany Lions Clinch 13th NCAA Title
No program in Penn State's illustrious sports history has won more national
titles than the fencing team. Under the direction of interim head coach Wes
Glon, Penn State mounted a furious charge on the final day of the NCAA
Championships in Columbus to clinch its 13th national championship.
As a team, Penn State finished the competition with 180 bout victories,
toppling Princeton in second-place (159 victories), and St. John's in third
Individually, sophomore Kaito Streets claimed the 2014 men's
saber NCAA title. Streets became the 13th individual champion for the Nittany
Lions in program history.
In the team race, the Nittany Lions were neck and neck with
Princeton throughout much of the competition. The Lions began pulling away from
the Tigers on day three of the competition. Penn State clinched the program's
third title in the past six seasons on day four.
Streets held the number one spot in the men's saber event
heading into the final competition. He knocked off Ferenc Valkai from St.
John's to become an individual champion.
Glon has been with
the Nittany Lions for 29 seasons, and he has seen all 13 national titles. But
the 2014 crown marked his first as the leader of the program.
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