No. 4 Women's Volleyball Ready for No. 11 Minnesota
Oct. 8, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Fresh off a 2-0 weekend on the road, the No. 4 Penn State women's volleyball team (12-2, 3-1) returns to Rec Hall this week to take on No. 11 Minnesota (15-2, 3-1). The Nittany Lions and the Golden Gophers square off Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The matchup will also be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network, with Mike Wolf and Liz Tortorello-Nelson on the call.
As part of an ongoing series honoring our 2013 graduating class, trading cards featuring each student-athlete will be distributed at the remaining home matches. This weekend we honor senior Katie Slay. Collect all seven trading cards for free admission to Senior Night vs. Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 23rd.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW
PENN STATE VS. MINNESOTA
Penn State owns a 40-8 all-time series against the Golden Gophers, having posted wins in the last five consecutive outings. In the most recent tilt between the two teams, PSU claimed a 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 26-24, 25-18) win against Minnesota in the NCAA Regional Finals to earn a trip to the National Semifinals. The last time the Nittany Lions lost to the Gophers was on the road, Nov. 27, 2010 in a tough five-set match. Prior to the loss, Penn State had won the last 12 straight contests, dating back to Nov. 5, 2004.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
Tori Dixon is at the helm of the UM offense, leading the squad with 4.23 kills per set on .463 hitting. Her attacking percentage ranks sixth nationally and first in the Big Ten standings. Dixon is also leading the team in blocking, averaging 1.28 blocks per set, with 68 total blocks this season, good for fourth in the conference. Ashley Wittman is close behind Dixon, averaging 3.44 kills per set, while also leading the team with 149 digs, averaging 2.87 per frame.
HANCOCK EARNS SEVENTH CAREER BIG TEN SETTER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Leading the nation in aces per frame for the fifth straight week, Hancock concluded the weekend ranked second in the Big Ten in service aces, totaling six for a 0.75 average per set. She also finished fourth in assists, after dishing out 83 total assists, averaging 10.38 per set. At Indiana, Hancock directed the Penn State offense with a .507 hitting percentage in a 3-0 victory, while also adding four aces, seven digs, four blocks and three kills on 1.000 hitting. At No. 24 Purdue, she registered her first double-double of the season, tallying 45 assists and 13 digs.
THAT'S SOME HEAVY HITTING
CAN'T GET PAST THIS
ROSE MOVING CLOSER TO HISTORIC MARK WITH 1,103 WINS
Earlier this season, Shoji surpassed Banachowski's mark, to become the all-time leader in the category. With Banachowksi no longer active, both Rose and Shoji will continue to go head-to-head, battling for the top spot.
ALL ALONE AT THE TOP
With four aces against Eastern Kentucky, Hancock notched her 200th career service ace. After recording six over the weekend, she improved to 212 aces, which puts her just 23 shy of tying Ellen Hensler (1983-86) for first on the PSU all-time list.
As a team, Penn State is averaging 1.57 aces per frame, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 26th nationally. Aside from Dominique Gonzalez has also recorded 11 aces, which ranks second on the squad.