#2 PSU Women's Volleyball Down #14 Wisconsin

#2 PSU Women's Volleyball Down #14 Wisconsin

Nittany Lions wins 14th straight match.
MADISON, WISCONSIN - Sophomore Megan Courtney led the No. 2 Penn State women’s volleyball team (23-2, 14-1) to a straight-set victory (25-23, 27-25, 25-16) against No. 14 Wisconsin (19-8, 8-7) Friday evening. The Nittany Lion triumph extends the current PSU winning streak to 14 consecutive matches and marks the 18th Penn State sweep this season.
 
Courtney logged her fourth double-double of the season against the Badgers, registering a team-high 14 kills, adding 11 digs and two blocks. Junior Micha Hancock also notched a double-double, dishing out 32 assists and 12 digs, tallying two aces. Senior Deja McClendon joined the pair with double-digit digs, posting 12, while also adding eight kills. Senior Katie Slay led the blocking unit with eight blocks.
 
Penn State opened the match on a 5-1 run for an early lead, capped off with back-to-back blocks from Slay and Scott and Hancock’s second ace of the match. The Badgers trimmed the lead back to two, 6-4, helped out by two Nittany Lion attack errors. Despite pressure from Wisconsin, PSU maintained a narrow advantage. Pulling away, the Nittany Lions used a 4-0 streak, featuring two kills from Courtney to secure its largest lead of the frame, 19-12.
 
Charging back, the Badgers answered with a 9-2 scoring streak to jump within one, 22-21. Unable to keep the streak alive, two errors from Wisconsin put sophomore Kendall Pierce at the line for set-point, 24-21. Following with two consecutive errors of their own, the Nittany Lions struggled to lock up the set. Courtney finished off a 25-23 win in the stanza with a kill to give Penn State a 1-0 lead in the match.
 
Both teams battled point-for-point in the first half of the second set, until Wisconsin broke open a 12-12 tie with a 3-0 spurt to grab a three-point lead 15-12. The Nittany Lions shaved the advantage to one, 15-14, with a block by Slay and McClendon followed by a solo stuff from Courtney.  Penn State and Wisconsin continued trading the lead, tying the set seven more times until the Badgers connected on a kill to make it 24-23. 
Rallying, Slay and Grant pounded a pair of consecutive kills to lift PSU to set-point, 25-24. A Penn State service ace thwarted the attempt, but a Wisconsin error after a kill from Scott sealed a 27-25 victory for the Lions heading into the intermission.
 
Tied early in the third set, 3-3, the Badgers went on a 4-1 run to claim a 7-4 advantage. Courtney ended the streak with a kill, sparking a 4-2 strike that put Penn State within one, 9-8.  With the score knotted, 10-all, PSU used a 3-1 strike to capture a two-point lead, 13-11. Wisconsin managed to cut the advantage to one, 14-13, but the Nittany Lions quickly tallied the next five consecutive points to extend the advantage to six, 19-13.
 
From there, Penn State did not look back, allowing the Badgers just three more points on the way to a 25-16 victory in the third set to complete the sweep.

--Penn State Athletic Communications

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