NCAA National Semifinal Post-Match Notes - Penn State vs. Nebraska, Dec. 18, 2008
Dec. 18, 2008
- Penn State increases its NCAA-record match winning streak to 63. The last Nittany Lion match loss was Sept. 15, 2007 to Stanford in New Haven, Conn.
- Penn State pushed its NCAA-record consecutive games-won streak to 111 by capturing the first two sets against Nebraska, but the Huskers claimed the third game to snap the streak. Prior to that, the Nittany Lions had last lost a game in last season's NCAA National Semifinal against Stanford on Dec. 15, 2007 in Sacramento, Calif. Penn State won the first two sets of the match, the Cardinal captured the next two and the Nittany Lions closed out the match with a win in the fifth game to start the streak.
- With the win over Nebraska, Penn State advanced to its sixth NCAA National Championship contest (1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007) and will vie for its second straight and third overall NCAA title (1999, 2007).
- Penn State will try to become only the sixth program to win back to back NCAA titles. Hawaii (1982 & 1983), Pacific (1985 & 1986), UCLA (1990 & 1991), Stanford (1996 & 1997) and Southern California (2002 & 2003) have previously accomplished the feat.
- Thursday's NCAA Semifinal attendance of 17,430 was an NCAA record, and the largest crowd to ever witness a women's collegiate volleyball match. The previous high of 17,206 was for the 2006 NCAA National Championship match, also held at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
- Against Nebraska, the Nittany Lions recorded team season highs in kills (66), assists (64) and digs (67).
- Senior outside hitter Nicole Fawcett collected a season-high 24 kills in the match.
- Junior outside hitter Megan Hodge posted a season-high 23 kills against Nebraska. She also collected her 28th career double-double and her fourth of the season with 12 digs.
- Senior libero Roberta Holehouse notched a season-best 22 digs Thursday night.
- Junior setter Alisha Glass dished out a season-high 60 assists and added in a season-high-tying 10 digs for her 13th career double-double and her second of the year.
- Four Lion players tallied double-digit dig figures against Nebraska, including Holehouse (22), Hodge (12), sophomore defensive specialist Alyssa D'Errico (11) and Glass. Penn State outdug Nebraska, 67-53, for the match. The Nittany Lions have only been outdug once this season: Wisconsin recorded five more digs (30-25) on Oct. 24 in Madison, Wis.
- The loss was the Huskers' first loss in the state of Nebraska in 96 matches.
- It was the second time in 2008 that a team has had more kills and the fourth time that a team has had a higher hitting percentage than the Huskers. It was also just the fifth time that a Nebraska opponent has hit better than .200 against the squad.
- Penn State increases its all-time NCAA record to 59-25. The Nittany Lions and the Stanford Cardinal are the only teams in the history of the NCAA Tournament to be selected every event since its inception in 1981 (28 consecutive years).
- The match between Penn State and Stanford will be a full circle for the seniors of each squad. The two teams met to open the 2005 season at the NACWAA/AVCA Showcase at the Qwest Center. Those teams featured freshmen Nicole Fawcett, Christa Harmotto and Roberta Holehouse for the Nittany Lions and freshmen Cynthia Barboza, Alex Fisher, Jessica Fishburn, Erin Waller and Foluke Akinradewo for the Cardinal. Stanford claimed that contest in five games.
- Stanford (1996-97) and Penn State (2007-2008) are the only two volleyball programs in the country to have its women's and men's volleyball teams capture their respective NCAA titles in the same academic year. The Nittany Lions will try to become only the third program to have the teams win in the same calendar year, joining UCLA (1984) and Stanford (1997).