Penn State vs. California Game Notes

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Dec. 18, 2010

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-- Penn State defeated California 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-20) for their fifth Division I volleyball championship. They also won the title in 1999, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Only Stanford with six has more women's volleyball titles than the Nittany Lions.
-- This is the fourth consecutive year that Penn State and California have played each other in the NCAA Tournament.
-- Tonight's national championship match featured five AVCA All-Americans, including four First Team honorees.
-- Tonight's championship match attendance is 14,032. That is the third-highest championship match attendance in tournament history. The total attendance for the volleyball finals is 26,123. That is nearly 4,000 more people than attended last year's Finals.
-- A total of 113,634 people attended the tournament this year. That is the second-highest overall tournament attendance ever, trailing only the 2006 tournament. -- Tournament attendance is up over 1,500 more people than attended last year. 57,353 attended matches at first and second round sites, while 29,158 attended regional matches.
-- All-Tournament Team members: Penn State's Blair Brown, Arielle Wilson, Deja McClendon (MVP) and Kristin Carpenter; California's Carli Lloyd and Tarah Murrey; Texas' Julianne Faucette.
-- This is the third championship match that Margie Ray has officiated. That is tied for fourth-most ever by an official.

Penn State Notes:
-- Penn State has now won four consecutive national championships. That is the most consecutive national titles ever for a Division I volleyball squad. The Nittany Lions join Division II Concordia-St. Paul (2007-10) and Division III Washington-St. Louis (1991-96) as the only schools collegiately to win at least four straight volleyball national championships.
-- This is the fifth NCAA championship of Coach Russ Rose's career, the most national championships ever for a Division I volleyball head coach. He also joins Doug Dannevik of Division III UC San Diego and Teri Clemens of Division III Washington-St. Louis as the only collegiate volleyball coaches to have ever won at least five national championships.
-- This is Penn State's 72nd NCAA Tournament win. That is fourth-best in Division I history.
-- This is Penn State's 24th straight postseason win. That is a NCAA Division I volleyball record.
-- Penn State seniors Arielle Wilson, Blair Brown and Alyssa D'Errico join a select group of student-athletes that have won national championships every year of their collegiate careers.
-- This is Penn State's 41st overall team championship for the school, 8th-most among all Division I and National Collegiate title holders.
-- After seeing their record 109-match winning streak broken earlier this year, Penn State has now won for the 19th time in their past 20 matches.
-- Deja McClendon joins Stanford's Kerri Walsh as the only freshmen to win Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
-- Wilson was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second straight year. She also hit .417 for the Finals, setting a new 25-point rally scoring era record.
-- Wilson finished her career with a .468 hitting percentage, setting a new Division I record for career hitting percentage. That is also the second-highest career percentage for any division.
-- It was the 27th shutout of the year for the Nittany Lions, who finished the season with a 32-5 record.
-- Penn State his .316 in the Finals this year, a new season Finals hitting percentage record for the 25-point rally scoring era. It is also the fifth-highest hitting percentage in the Finals all-time.
-- McClendon hit .382 in the Finals, the third-best mark in the 25-point rally scoring era.
-- The Nittany Lions hit .330 for the entire tournament, while holding their opponents to just a .139 percentage.
-- Senior middle hitter Blair Brown led all players with 18 kills and hit .316. She added 10 digs for her second double-double of the Finals and 11th for the year. She also added four block assists.
-- McClendon added 16 kills and Wilson, who also hit .391 for the match, contributed 12.
-- Sophomore setter Kristin Carpenter dished out 46 assists and senior libero Alyssa D'Errico notched 12 digs. -- Freshman middle hitter Katie Slay added seven total blocks, bringing her total for the Finals to 13.

California Notes:
-- This was California's first appearance in the NCAA championship match.
-- California's senior setter Carli Lloyd was named AVCA National Player of the Year.
-- Tonight was the first time that California has lost a set in the tournament this year. They won their previous five matches in the tournament by 3-0 scores.
-- California suffered their first shutout of the season, losing for just the fourth time this year and finishing the year with a 29-4 record.
-- The Golden Bears hit just .182 for the match, their lowest percentage of the tournament.
-- Junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey's 6.50 kills per set and 17.00 attack attempts per set were both new records for the Finals in the 25-point rally scoring era. Her 39 total kills tied the second-best year mark and her 102 attack attempts were the third-highest total.
-- Murrey was the only player in double figures with 16 kills for the Golden Bears. -- Senior setter Carli Lloyd handed out 33 assists and had 11 digs for her second double-double of the Finals and 13th on the season.
-- Sophomore defensive specialist Robin Rostratter led all players with 16 digs. Her 495 digs this season were the third-most for a season in school history.
-- Sophomore middle hitter Shannon Hawari contributed six total blocks and fellow sophomore middle Kat Brown five. Hawari also hit .375 for the match.
-- Lloyd's 1,454 attack attempts this season were the second-most in a season in school history. She finished her career ranked second on the school's assist ledger with 5,696.
-- Murrey moved into eighth place on the Cal's career kills list with 1,239.

 

 

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