No. 4 Women's Volleyball Hosts No. 19 Wisconsin
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After recording a thrilling 3-2 victory in a mid-week matchup against No. 11 Minnesota, the No. 4 Penn State women's volleyball team (13-2, 4-1) is back in action, taking on No. 19 Wisconsin (14-2, 3-1) Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8:30 p.m. in Rec Hall.
Penn State fans heading over to Rec Hall after the Nittany Lion football game against Michigan will receive free admission at the door with their ticket or ticket stub upon entrance. The men's volleyball team will also make a special appearance during the intermission to talk about their upcoming fall tournament, with an autograph session to follow.
As part of an ongoing series honoring our 2013 graduating class, trading cards featuring each student-athlete will be distributed at each home match. This Saturday we honor Erica Denney. Collect all seven trading cards for free admission to Senior Night vs. Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 23rd.
MINNESOTA IN REVIEW
Sophomore Megan Courtney notched a double-double, registering 10 kills and a career-high 22 digs, while also chipping in six blocks. Junior Micha Hancock dished out a career high 67 assists, adding four kills, eight digs and one block.
PENN STATE VS. WISCONSIN
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
Averaging 3.40 kills per set, Ellen Chapman is leading the offense, with 211 total kills, which ranks 10th in the conference. Hitting at a team-high .347 clip, Haleigh Nelson has also registered a squad-best 65 total blocks. Her hitting percentage is ninth in the Big Ten, while her 1.07 blocks per frame, ranks 10th. On the defensive side, five different Badgers have recorded at least 100 digs on the year, led by Taylor Morey, who is averaging 3.92 per set, which ranks fifth in the conference
ROSE HITS 1,104 WINS TO APPROACH HISTORIC MARK
Earlier this season, Shoji surpassed Banachowski's mark, to become the all-time leader in the category. Shoji is presently at the top with 1,118 wins. With Banachowksi no longer active, both Rose and Shoji will continue to go head-to-head, battling for the top spot.
NITTANY LIONS RISE TO NO. 4 IN AVCA TOP 25 POLL
Last year, Penn State spent six weeks atop the standings, including five consecutive weeks from Sept. 24 to Oct.22, before earning the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, Nov. 9. The No. 1 ranking marks the 78th time in program history that Penn State has reached the top of the polls, having earned its first-ever No. 1 ranking Sept. 2, 1997.
SLAY JOINS 500 CLUB
HANCOCK EARNS SEVENTH CAREER BIG TEN SETTER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Leading the nation in aces per frame for the fourth 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.