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The Penn State volleyball team bested Wake Forest in the morning match of the 2017 Penn State Classic
Penn State defeats UT-Martin in straight sets to secure its sixth-straight 3-0 decision to open the season
2017 (Freshman): Saw action in three sets … recorded six kills on a .286 hitting percentage … scooped up three digs.
Colorado Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year 2016 … Named to 2016 Under Armour All-American Third Team … PrepVolleyball Club All-American in 2015 … Named a PrepVolleyball Senior Ace (No. 71) … Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 2017 for volleyball … Helped guide her team to 4A Colorado State Champions in 2014 and 2016 … Member of the 2014 MaxPreps national champion team … 4A State Runner-Up in 2015 … Earned first-team PPAC honors in her senior season … CHSAA First Team All-State during senior season … Graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors.
Born Michaela Putnicki on January 4, 1999, in Danbury, Connecticut … Parents are Michele and Michael Putnicki … Has an older brother, Jake, and younger sister, Riley … Mother, Michele, played college softball at Bradley University … Great uncle, Larry Biittner, had a 14-year MLB career at first base and outfield, playing for multiple teams, most notably the Chicago Cubs.
Why Penn State?
“I chose Penn State because it is a great academic school, the campus is beautiful and I want to be a part of the volleyball dynasty at Penn State.”