NCAA Volleyball Tournament Central: Lions Open at Home

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Dec. 5, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the 24th consecutive season, Penn State will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. The 2013 Big Ten champion Nittany Lions (28-2) open the tournament against LIU Brooklyn (23-7) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall.

9387397 (1).jpegThe winner of the Penn State-LIU Brooklyn match will move on to face either Yale (20-4) or Utah (20-12) on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

For the Nittany Lions, they enter the tournament red-hot on a 19-match winning streak. Penn State's two losses both came in five sets (at No. 1 Texas on Sept. 7 and vs. Michigan State on Sept. 27). The Lions tallied a 14-1 mark inside Rec Hall in 2013.

In all, Penn State enters its first round match of the NCAA Tournament having won 28 of its last 31 sets. Led by a trio of seniors, the Nittany Lions claimed seven postseason Big Ten awards earlier this week. Individually, junior Micha Hancock was tabbed as the Big Ten Setter of the Year and Russ Rose earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. Seniors Ariel Scott, Deja McClendon and Katie Slay, along with Hancock were named to the All-Big Ten team.

The Nittany Lions are one of eight Big Ten teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Nebraska is the No. 8 seed, Minnesota is the No. 10 seed, Wisconsin is the No. 12 seed and Illinois is the No. 13 seed. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue are the remaining Big Ten teams in the draw. Minnesota, Michigan State and Penn State are all in same quarter of the draw (Lexington Regional).

Now, it is win or go home for all 64 teams on the bracket. The 2013 NCAA Tournament begins on Friday inside Rec Hall.



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