UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 'Tis the season for giving thanks, and the Penn
State student-athletes wanted to take an opportunity to say thank you to their
loyal fans on Thanksgiving.
As you sit down with family and friends to eat your traditional meal
while the Lions and Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving day home games, Penn
State Athletics would like to thank you, the fans, for the unrivaled support
you give every team on campus.Penn
State's teams would not be the same without the greatest fans in college
As a token of their appreciation, several athletes would like to say thank
you and Happy Thanksgiving for the support you give them throughout the
By Laura Finley, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's volleyball team played its
last home game of the regular season in winning fashion. After taking the win against
Indiana on Friday night 3-0, the Nittany Lions went on to battle back from a
first set loss, to overcome No. 5 Purdue 3-1.
"Tonight was a nice win," said head coach Russ Rose. "I thought after
starting pretty slow, we picked it up. The fact that we beat [Purdue] both
times we played them indicates that we had a couple of good matches against a
very fine team."
Sophomore outside hitter Deja McClendon continued to impress on the
court, finishing the weekend with a .377 hitting percentage. On Saturday night,
McClendon made key plays offensively, triggering runs by the Penn State offense
and tallying 18 kills for the night.
"I think Deja started slow but had a great weekend offensively," said
Coach Rose. "The third game she was the best hitter in the gym. I thought that
was really the key for us.
Friday night Penn State took on Big Ten rival Indiana, never giving up
the lead in the first set. An early 8-1 run initiated by a kill from sophomore
outside hitter Ariel Scott allowed Penn State to increase their lead to 11-3.
The Hoosiers were unable to recover, trailing Penn State by as much as 13
points late in the set. A final kill by
sophomore outside hitter Maddie Martin gave the Nittany Lions the win 25-13.
The second set did not come as easy for Penn State as they battled
Indiana for the lead. A kill by Scott put her team out front on the first play,
but Indiana quickly recovered, taking the lead 3-2. The Nittany Lions stuck
close to the Hoosiers until another kill by Scott allowed Penn State to retake
the lead 13-12.The Hoosier battled
closely, but the Nittany Lions held on 25-23.
Set three was much like the first set as Penn State started with a 6-0
run led by a kill from sophomore middle hitter Katie Slay. The Nittany Lions
made only one error during the set, dominating offensively to take the win
25-12 with McClendon tallying the final kill.
"I thought our passing was good especially in the first and third
games," said Coach Rose. "Deja and A. Scott had a good night hitting and then
Lacy coming in and making a couple of serves and dancing, it was nice to have a
little energy out there. "
On Saturday night, No. 5 Purdue put up a fight with Penn State as they
held the lead throughout much of the first set. Penn State led briefly early,
but the Boilermakers out-hit and out-blocked the Nittany Lions. A 6-2 run by
the Nittany Lions came all too late as Purdue took the win 25-22.
"I just think it was a slow start," said Martin. "In all aspects of the
game we were slow in the beginning but then we turned it around after the first
Penn State refused to back down, fighting their way to the lead after
losing the first set. The Nittany Lions spread the ball offensively and cut
back on their errors which proved to be a success. Penn State ended the game
with a 7-2 run closed by a kill from McClendon.
Set three of the night was dominated by Penn State who limited itself
to only one error. The team played with great offensive and defensive prowess
making three team blocks and tallying a convincing .500 hitting percentage. A
9-1 run in the middle of the set gave the Nittany Lions the momentum they
needed to go on and take the set 25-15.
The Nittany Lions knew they could not let up after the third set,
McClendon acknowledged, as they vowed to continue playing with the passion they
had shown earlier.
"That's been our struggle a lot this year," said McClendon. "We'll come
out strong and then we let up and we let teams get back into the game. At the
beginning of the fourth game we just set grounds and said we're not letting
them get back into this game. We're going to still compete hard and try and win
by as much as we can and play a complete game."
The Nittany Lions did just that, continuing to impress offensively led by Slay
and Martin. Penn State took advantage of spreading the ball among its hitters,
tripping up Purdue and allowing the Nittany Lions to lead the entire set. The
crowd was on their feet at set point as Slay and McClendon put up a final block
for the night, giving Penn State the win 25-18.
"We need to win and every time we do it just keeps building hope for us," said
McClendon. "I think we did a lot of things good today. I relish this. The good
things we do just really make me happy."
The Nittany Lions hit the road for the last time in the regular season,
playing Ohio State on Wednesday and then travelling to East Lansing where they
will play Michigan State on Saturday.
By Laura Finley, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Deja McClendon stands by the net, eyes focused,
following the ball with intense concentration. Bump. Set. Spike. She pounds the
ball over the net, tallying another kill.
Whether she is on the back line digging the ball or making key
offensive plays, the six-foot-one outside hitter has worked hard this season to
become a constant presence on the court for the Penn State women's volleyball
team. Last week McClendon accomplished just that, being recognized as the Big
Ten Player of the Week for her performances against Illinois and Northwestern.
"It's awesome to be recognized," said McClendon. "It's nice to play well for a
week and to have those good games offensively especially because I haven't been
playing my best. I feel like I haven't been doing as much as I should be for
our team and having those two good games I think really helped me out."
After a breakout year as a freshman, McClendon has worked throughout
this season to adjust to her role as a primary player on the team. With six
seniors graduating last year, the transition has not been easy, but after last
week it seems McClendon has finally hit her stride.
"It's been really hard for me to adjust from being a secondary player to being
more of a role player," said McClendon. "It was tough to figure out where I fit
in, but now that I know what my job is, I think it's easier. I think I've
learned a lot but at the same time it's hard to perform consistently every
In last week's games against Big Ten conference teams Illinois and
Northwestern, McClendon averaged just over two digs per set and closed the week
with a .395 hitting percentage. For McClendon, this was much needed as she has
struggled in past weeks with her offensive performances.
"She's always working hard to get better," said sophomore outside
hitter Darcy Dorton. "To have that focus and maintain that focus every day is
something that's worth praise, so it's great that she's gotten that
McClendon's dedication and focus is apparent on the court as she moves
with the upmost precision, working to stay one step ahead of the opposing team.
She knows what is expected, and each week, she works hard to improve as a
"My main focus is to be more of a leader in a sense of getting the job
done," said McClendon. "Maybe I'm not the most vocal on the team, or the
loudest, but I can do my job in the game and try to be dependable. I can try to
be a person that my team can rely on to put the ball away or to make a pass or
to get a dig."
The Penn State women's volleyball team returns home this weekend with a
match Friday night against Indiana and a match Saturday night against No. 5
Purdue. McClendon hopes to carry on her own success from last week as she looks
forward to returning to Rec Hall.
"I think that momentum that we had after playing the Northwestern game
we saw as a team," said McClendon. "I think using that and bringing it into
this weekend is something that's going to be really exciting especially because
it's our last home game of the season."
By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With an overall mark of 18-6 and a well-earned conference
record of 11-3 heading into another tough weekend of competition, the No. 9 Nittany
Lions agreed on one thing.
Members of the squad said that with just five matches left in the 2011-'12
regular season, it's time for the team to make a statement by coming together
and finding leadership on the court.
Penn State hits the road to take on No. 7 Illinois and Northwestern in the
weekend. Sophomore libero and defensive specialist Ali Longo said that against
such tough competition, especially in the Fighting Illini, she and her
teammates are looking to do their best together.
"I think at this part of the season it's more important for us to make sure
that together we have a team unity, a team fight and we have to go into every
match playing our best," said Longo. "We have to have everybody together,
fighting the whole time, and then that way we can put together a good match
versus having small lapses anywhere in the game."
The Nittany Lions have already defeated Northwestern once this season, but fell
to the Illini just one month ago in a match that went five sets and ended in
Longo said that alongside better communication and stronger leadership, the
Penn State squad has been working on their back-row line of defense and ball
"We've definitely been working on passing and it's been getting much better,"
said Longo. "I think that our back-row defense, we could pick up a few more
balls here and there, so the tenacity needs to pick up a little bit but other
than that I think as long as we're solid the whole time we'll be fine."
Sophomore middle hitter Katie Slay said that another key to a pair of Nittany
Lion victories this weekend is the presence of front-row players both
offensively and defensively.
"I think it's important for middles to get involved in the offense that way we
can kind of free up outside and pin-hitters," said Slay. "I also think it's
important for us to set up a solid block to help out the defense."
Slay said that this time last year, she and her teammates knew that it was time
to pick up the pace of their play and she plans on doing the same again this
season. The sophomore has started in all 24 matches that the Nittany Lions have
played this year, and she said that she knows that her team's performance at
this point in the season will have a big effect on their future success as a
"I think it's definitely time for us to start playing really strong and
consistently because coming out at the end of the year and the end of the Big
Tens we want to go strong into the NCAA Tournament," said Slay. "It's important
for us to put in some hard work at practice and make sure that during our road
matches we're really out on the floor ready to fight."
The middle hitter also acknowledged the intense atmosphere that she and the
Nittany Lions will be heading into on Friday night at 7 p.m., when they travel
to Champaign, Ill. to face the seventh-ranked team in the country.
"I think it's going to be an exciting atmosphere this weekend, both at Illinois
and Northwestern," said Slay. "Illinois has a great student section and fan
base so they're going to have a lot of support there so it's important for us
to come in, play together as a team and really make sure we have good
communication on the court and play hard."
After a split weekend on the road last week, Penn State is looking to add two
more wins to its 11-3 Big Ten record outside of Rec Hall yet again. Longo said
that she has seen what she and her teammates can do, and largely believes that
the ball is literally in their hands.
"I think a lot of it is on our side of the court," said Longo. "I think we
determine how the game goes based on how we play."
By Laura Finley, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Code Blue was in full effect on Saturday night
as the Penn State women's volleyball team took on No. 1 Nebraska in what proved
to be a trademark victory for the Nittany Lions. Fans were on their feet and
blue towels waved as the Lions beat the Huskers 3-1.
"I thought it was a great crowd," said head coach Russ Rose. "I'm very appreciative
of the fans, the band and the boys that were in costume today. It was a good
Penn State day."
More than 4,000 fans packed Rec Hall to watch Penn State's biggest match yet
this season, showing their support and school pride in a sea of blue and white.
Excitement filled the air after the Nittany Lions won the first set of the
night and only continued to build as the match went on.
At times, nothing could be heard over the deafening roar of the crowd and the
volleyball team took notice, feeding off of the energy.
"If you look at the way that we played in Nebraska and that fifth set,
being in [their home court] made a difference," said sophomore outside hitter Deja
McClendon. "So for them, being here makes an extreme difference and also gives
us the energy that we need to finish the game."
The match marked the first time Penn State has played Nebraska as
member of the Big Ten in Rec Hall and the Nittany Lions took advantage of it.
Even as the team lost the third set to the Huskers, the crowd showed their
undying support, reenergizing the girls who went on to deliver Nebraska its
first Big Ten conference loss of the season.
"Rec Hall is a tough place to play," said senior defensive specialist Megan
Shifflett. "It's an intimidating place. There's a lot of tradition and people
who really care about what's going on - the students, the boosters, and people
who have always followed the team. All of that adds in and makes it an awesome
The Fall Athletic Band took the lead, initiating crowd participation and cheers
throughout the night as it has done since the start of the 2011 season. The
band members are some of Penn State's most loyal followers, dedicating
themselves to creating an electric atmosphere in Rec Hall for each match that
"We were extremely excited," said freshman trumpet player Justin
Kinslow. "There was definitely a lot more energy tonight then during other
matches. It's awesome to come out and play for the team and to see the
influence we have on their matches."
The players acknowledge the positive energy the band brings, expressing
gratitude for their continued support and active participation.
"The band is a god-send," said Shifflett. "They're the best people ever.
It's the band and the fans that really make Rec Hall so much of what it is
The band and fans showed what the Rec Hall advantage was truly capable
of as Micha Hancock took to the service line with Penn State leading the fourth
match 24-17. The crowd held their breath, anticipating what was to come next.
Hancock threw the ball into the air and jumped. "Boom!" the fans screamed as
she pounded the ball over the net, scoring her sixth service ace of the night
and handing Penn State the win. The crowd erupted giving their Nittany Lions a
standing ovation, sending the players off the court in Penn State fashion. The
girls waved their hands high in recognition of the fans surrounding them.
Only one thing could be heard, reverberating off of the walls in Rec Hall.
By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The warm-up soundtrack played, the line-ups were
read and the seats of Rec Hall were filled with more than 4,400 rally-towel
waving fans. Happy Valley was getting ready for a night of Big Ten volleyball.
Crowds of chilly Nittany Lion fans filtered into Rec Hall on Saturday night
after an exciting day at Beaver Stadium, ready to thaw off and watch two of the
top ten women's volleyball teams in the nation duke it out.
No. 8 Penn State took down the Hawkeyes, 3-1, on Friday night, and
continued to defend its home court on the following evening with a resounding
win of the same score over the top-ranked Huskers.
Lions head coach Russ Rose again showcased multiple groups of talent on the
court throughout the match, which he said ultimately helped his team work
together to upset their Big Ten opponent.
"You're not going to beat a great team with one player having big numbers,"
said Rose. "So for us it was a collective effort and they needed to make a
statement victory at some point in time so that's a nice one for them to get
under their belt."
The Penn State offense hit .194 against the Huskers' .116 percentage and was
led by sophomore outside hitter Deja McClendon, who said that the conference
win was one that was not only satisfying but also much needed.
"We needed it, we really did," said McClendon. "We needed a time to play as
a team and to get a great win like this it just restored our hope."
McClendon was solid all-around and a spitfire on the court, tallying a
match-high 18 kills and notching seven digs. The sophomore's kills were more
than just points. Each booming swing that she delivered had the crowd on its
feet and ready for more.
"I needed to do something," said McClendon. "I haven't really been doing my
job as much as I should be so finally showing up, that's good. That's what I'm
Similarly, setter Micha Hancock put on quite the show against the Huskers
as she delivered four consecutive service aces in the opening set, and added
two more to the count before the match was over. Her final ace of the night was
also the final point of set four, to end the match and take home the win.
"It was nice," said Hancock. "Honestly an ace is just a point and when we
need a run that's what I want to do. I want to get a cushion for our team."
The freshman setter has been featured in all 22 Penn State matches so far
this season, and she said that the win over Nebraska is one that she is
especially proud of considering the youth of her team.
"I think it helps with our confidence because we're a young team like we've
said before and we know we can do it now," said Hancock. "It's just going in
and staying focused and playing our game."
The win over the Huskers puts Penn State at 10-2 in conference play and
gives the squad a record of 17-5 overall this season.
The Nittany Lions made the match exciting.
Focusing week in and week out on communication, passing and limiting errors
in particular has paid off for the Penn State squad just over half way through
the 2011-'12 season.
With many years of experience in the world of collegiate volleyball, Rose
said that he is not surprised that Big Ten competition has been especially
tough, but he is happy to have a well-rounded team of talent.
"If you're not ready to play you're going to lose," said Rose. "We have to
depend on everybody who is in there."
Finley, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY
PARK, Pa. - Anticipation
has taken hold of the Penn State women's volleyball team as it heads into the
second half of the 2011 season this weekend. The Nittany Lions know their time
as a young team is slowly coming to an end as they now have experience with
each team in the conference and hold an 8-2 Big Ten record.
about how we're a really young team, but it's a long season," said senior
defensive specialist Megan Shifflett. "It's taken us a while but things are
slowly starting to come together. Hopefully everything clicks at the right time
when we need it to."
With six seniors
graduating last year, it was a new beginning for the team. Even with consistency
a recurring problem throughout the season, the Nittany Lions have worked hard to
find success on the court in an effort to carry on the Penn State volleyball
communication and limiting errors were evident from the start with players
trying to establish their new roles on the team. As the second half of the
season arrives, freshman defensive specialist Lacey Fuller says improvements are
"I think people are
trying to start talking a lot more," said Fuller. "Communication is not to where
it needs to be yet, but in general it has gotten better. When we're competing
and comfortable talking with each other, everything else just falls into
noticed these same improvements and hopes that with the team working together,
there will be more wins to come in the future.
"It's a process,"
said Shifflett. "There are times where you can see little things coming
together with the communication and with eliminating errors. It will come on an
individual basis where you'll see one particular player get better at something
they couldn't do earlier in the season. As the individual success piles on, the
team slowly comes together too."
As the team comes
together on the court, the Nittany Lions look to the rest of the season with
excitement knowing they have faced each Big Ten team once already. The
rematches will not be easy, however, as six out of the ten remaining games are
against Top 25 ranked teams.
"Right now it's
getting tough," said Fuller. "This is the time when it's determined who's going
to win the Big Ten which is really important. I think this weekend is going to
set the tone for the next half of the Big Ten season."
This weekend will
not be an easy one for the Nittany Lions who host Iowa on Friday, only to
return to Rec Hall on Saturday night for a match against No. 1 Nebraska.
Shifflett knows a win against Nebraska will be huge for the team, as it will
give them an added boost of confidence for the rest of the season.
"With Penn State
and Nebraska there's always been that rivalry. Obviously they are number one
which adds a certain amount of pressure, but there's so much history between us
that it makes it a big game."
By Laura Finley, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Offense
proved vital for the No. 9 Penn State women's volleyball team on Saturday night
as it defeated No. 21 Michigan, 3-0.
"It's a nice win," said head coach Russ Rose. "It's always important to try and
limit your errors, but you have to get quality swings. [Deja and Ariel] did a
nice job with what they had to do at the net."
Behind the hitting power of
sophomores Ariel Scott, Deja McClendon and Katie Slay, the Nittany Lions were
able to overcome late set surges by the Wolverines in order to capture another
win at home. The Nittany Lions would finish the night with a .330 hitting
percentage as Scott led the team in kills.
"I think it's all about the
middle [hitters] having a good night," said McClendon. "We have to pass because
our middles are starting to become a bigger threat when they're up."
Passing is what freshman setter
Micha Hancock did throughout the night as she worked to distribute the ball to
her outside and middle hitters. This successfully allowed the offense to spread
its attacks and spoil the Wolverine defense.
McClendon noted that
communication with Hancock has improved as the freshman has settled into her
"It's getting better," said
McClendon. "We're trying to work on communication and not just in practice but
every time we're talking to [Micha]. Every set we're telling her whether that
was good or bad, too low or not fast enough. I think she's doing well."
The two teams stayed within a few points of each other during the first set,
battling back-and-forth for the lead until late. A kill by Scott tied the game
and two additional Michigan errors gave Penn State the lead 24-22. A final
service ace by Ali Longo closed the game 25-22.
In the second set Penn
State jumped to an early lead and never looked back. Michigan rallied to within
a point of the Nittany Lions, 7-8, but a strong Penn State offense held off the
Wolverines as they increased their lead 15-8. A final service ace by McClendon
gave Penn State the win 25-20.
Michigan was not content
trailing Penn State in the previous two sets as the Wolverines immediately
grabbed the lead in the third set. A block by Maddie Martin and Nia Grant gave
Penn State the lead 5-4, but Michigan quickly recovered, jumping back out front
6-5. The Nittany Lions battled throughout the rest of the set, closing in on
Michigan at the last minute. Two kills by Slay and Scott gave Penn State the
"It was good that we were
up 2-0, especially at home," said Ariel Scott. "That's what we needed to do
against a good team. The third game we tried to limit our errors. At the
beginning we gave them a few points, but we were able to come back so that was
As always, head coach Russ
Rose gave credit to the home crowd and band for their constant support even as
his team trailed Michigan at times.
"I thought it was a great crowd for going opposite Penn State football," said coach
Rose. "As always, the band did a terrific job. They are a big part of the
environment for our matches. I'm really appreciative for all the people that
Finley, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After scoring a 3-0 victory at home on
Wednesday, the No. 9 Penn State women's volleyball team will make another appearance
in Rec Hall on Saturday night against No. 21 Michigan.
"We know that Michigan is a really great team," said Katie Slay. "We
have to go into practice and get really focused on Michigan and keep the streak
alive this weekend."
Practice will be vital for the Nittany Lions, as they hope to build on
their offensive role after finding success in their hitting game on Wednesday
against Ohio State. Sophomore middle hitter Katie Slay and freshman outside
hitter Nia Grant helped Penn State to claim the victory, contributing to the
team's .462 hitting percentage.
"It all goes back to Micha [Hancock]," said Slay. "She did a great job
seeing the blockers. She was really watching where they were going and she got
a lot of one-on-one opportunities for the hitters."
However, freshman setter Micha Hancock was quick to point out that it
was not just good game play that led the Nittany Lions to their win. Having the
home court advantage with Penn State fans and the band on the sidelines was
ample encouragement for the team.
"It's nice to have your fans pushing you," said Hancock. "On the
serving line I'll hear the band playing and then they get quiet. I love that
feeling because then I can just go for it. I'm around people that are
Fans will have another opportunity to support the women's volleyball
team as Penn State will play again in Rec Hall at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Last Match: The Nittany Lions scored another victory at home, leading
Ohio State 3-0, and increasing their Big Ten conference record 7-2.
Next Match: Penn State plays Big Ten
opponent University of Michigan on Saturday, and looks to improve its current
Vs. Michigan: MSU comes off of a
loss to Michigan State, 3-1 and holds a 3-7 Big Ten conference record. Libero
Sloane Donhoff has helped to carry MSU defensively in digs while outside hitter
Lexi Erwin leads the team in kills. Penn State has held a 16-0 win streak
against Michigan since 2003.
By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's volleyball team defended
their home court on Wednesday night and defeated No. 23 Ohio State for the 37th
time in series history with a convincing 3-0 sweep.
For Penn State head coach Russ Rose, the win over the Buckeyes was one of
the better matches that he has seen his team play this season.
"I thought we did some things much better than we've done in the past,"
said Rose. "It was good to have a game where we didn't make a lot of errors
other than the service errors. I'm appreciative of a good match with a nice
The Nittany Lions powered past the Buckeyes with timely blocking, smooth
passing and a surge of offensive firepower from a handful of hitters to take
all three sets on the evening.
Penn State's offense came alive even more than it has in recent matches as
freshman Nia Grant and sophomore Katie Slay led the team with nine kills apiece,
while sophomore Ariel Scott followed with eight of her own. Sophomores Deja
McClendon and Maddie Martin each added seven kills as well, keeping the Buckeye
blockers guessing on every point.
Rose said that aside from a few smaller concerns he had, he was happy with
the outcome of his squad's strong hitting performance.
"For us to hit .404 is the highest we've hit in a conference match so
that's a very positive thing," said Rose. "Other than the serving and a couple
of people not being ready to play in the first game I thought we played a
pretty clean match so I'm glad the band was here and the students because that
environment really helps the home team a great deal."
And although a number of Nittany Lions made a case for themselves on the
floor, Slay seemed to be the one who was getting it done all match long. The
sophomore not only led the team in kills but also in blocks, tallying eight at
the net all match.
Slay said that her ability to contribute both offensively and defensively
is something she expects to do every game, and her play was made even more
possible with the help of her freshman setter.
"I think that that is just my role," said Slay. "That's what I need to do.
Like coach said there was a good match-up out there but I think it all goes back
to Micha [Hancock]. She did a great job seeing the blockers. She was really
watching where they were going and getting a lot of one-on-one opportunities
for the hitters so that's always great when your setter is giving you a
one-on-one opportunity and you have to finish.
Rose said that he was especially happy to see his 6-foot-6 middle hitter
using her height and talent to make the most of her touches on the ball.
"I thought she did a nice job hitting the ball," said Rose. "You know she
doesn't have to hit it hard, she can hit it high and she can just hit it into
areas of the court where there are some vacant areas. I thought she did that
and she had some nice blocks and she needs to do that. That's the part of the
game we need her to have."
The win puts the Nittany Lions at a 7-2 record in the Big Ten and 14-5
overall this season. Penn State's match against the Buckeyes was the first of
four consecutive matches that will be played in Rec Hall in the coming weeks.
On Saturday, Penn State hosts No. 21 Michigan in another conference
match-up. For Slay, the team's win over Ohio State should be a good motivation
tool before their next contest.
"I think it's always great to get a win," said Slay. "Especially 3-0 when
we're at home as well so it definitely is nice to get a win but we know that
Michigan is also a really great team so we have to come into practice and get
focused on Michigan and keep this streak into the weekend."