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Penn State women's volleyball set to take on Missouri in the Third Round of the NCAA Championship
Simone Lee earns Player of the Year, Haleigh Washington earns Defensive Player of the Year, and Penn State places four on All-Big Ten teams
The Nittany Lions swept Rutgers on Senior Night
The Nittany Lions host Rutgers on Saturday and they will honor the eight seniors prior to the match
The Nittany Lions took down Michigan State, 3-1, in a heated battle in Big Ten action.
2017 (Senior): Played in 33 matches and 68 sets … 2017 Team Captain … finished the season with 26 digs and six service aces … finished with a 96.4 reception percentage on 28 attempts … scooped up a season-high five digs against Michigan State (11/1) … dished out a season-high two aces at Iowa (11/8).
2016 (Junior): Academic All-Big Ten Honoree … Played 70 sets in 31 matches during the 2016 season … Logged 44 digs, four service aces and a kill … Had three digs in the opener against West Virginia (8/26) ... Posted two digs against No. 19 North Carolina (8/27) ... Recorded four digs at Colorado (9/3)...Registered two service aces vs. Hofstra (9/10) along with four digs ... Logged a career-high six digs against Syracuse (9/10).Charted three digs against Rhode Island (9/16) ... Charted a dig against Northwestern (9/25)...Notched three digs vs. No. 18 Michigan State (9/30)...Logged two digs, one kill and one service ace against No. 22 Michigan (10/1)...Notched a dig against Indiana (10/15)...Recorded seven digs vs. Northwestern (11/25) … Scored a service ace against Nebraska (12/9) in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
2015 (Sophomore): Saw action in 21 matches, playing in 48 sets ... Totaled 18 digs and three aces ... Made her 2015 debut against Auburn (9/18), logging one dig ... Had one dig against South Florida (9/19) ... Had one dig against No. 16 Wisconsin (9/23) ... Posted a season-high two digs against No. 4 Nebraska (10/2) ... Matched a season-high mark with a pair of digs at Michigan State (10/24) ... Logged one ace and two digs at No. 11 Ohio State (10/28) ... Recorded a season-high three digs against No. 5 Nebraska (11/28) ... Tallied three digs in the NCAA first round match against Howard (12/4) ... Had one dig in the NCAA second round match against Dayton (12/5) ... Totaled one ace and one dig in the NCAA regional semifinals against Hawaii (12/11).
2014 (Freshman): Played in 30 of the team's 39 total matches during her first season in the Blue and White ... Totaled 11 service aces and 19 digs ... Made her collegiate debut in the season-opener against TCU (8/29) ... Played against both Iona (8/30) and William & Mary (8/30), recording her first collegiate ace against the Gaels and two digs against the Tribe ... Recorded one ace at No. 2 Stanford (9/5) ... Made her Big Ten debut against No. 15 Illinois (10/11) ... Had three digs against Iowa (11/12) ... Posted one ace against Minnesota (11/15) ... Set a career-high mark with two aces and one dig against Maryland (11/8) ... Matched a career-high with two aces against Nebraska (11/29) ... Saw action on the court in all six matches during the NCAA Tournament ... Made her NCAA Tournament debut vs. Siena (12/5) ... Recorded two digs in the NCAA second round match against Dayton (12/6) ... Totaled a career-high three digs in the NCAA national title match against BYU (12/20).
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Eden Junior-Senior ... Helped her high school squad to its fifth state championship as the team captain, picking up MVP honors in 2013 ... 2012 New York Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year finalist ... Earned First-Team All ECIC and WYN honors in 2012 and 2013 ... Also helped guide her club team, Niagara Frontier, to WEVA Regional Championships from 2008- 2013.
Personal: Born Lainy Teal Pierce on Oct. 30, 1995 in Buffalo, N.Y. ... Parents are Robert and Kiernan Pierce ... Has one sister, Kendall, and one brother, Declan, who is a freshman on the men's volleyball team at Penn State ... Father, Robert, played volleyball at Penn State from 1985-89 ... Mother, Kiernan, was a member of the Penn State track & field team from 1984-89 ... Sister, Kendall played volleyball and graduated from Penn State in 2015 ... Names "New Girl" as favorite TV show, Sarah Hyland and Jonah Hill as favorite actress and actor and pizza as favorite food ... Majoring in public relations and broadcast journalism.