Game Day: Penn State vs. Wisconsin

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin

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Where: Rec Hall

When: Friday — 10-12-13 (8:30 p.m. ET)

Media: CBSsports.com GameTracker

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730)The Buzz on Wisconsin. #19 Wisconsin (15-2 overall, 4-1 B1G), came back from a 2-1 deficit on Friday night to win a 3-2 squeaker (20-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10) over the #14 Ohio State (14-2, 2-3 B1G) in Columbus.  It  was Wisconsin’s third win over a top-20 team this season.

The Badgers #19 ranking is their highest since a #19 ranking on October 13, 2008. The NCAA released it’s first RPI ranking on October 7th, with Wisconsin coming in at #13 (Penn State ranked #5)(for the complete RPI rankings, Click Here).

Key offensive players for Wisconsin include 6-4 Jr. OH Ellen Chapman (3.40 kills/set), 6-0 Jr. S/OH Courtney Thomas (2.64 kills/set), 5-11 RS Jr. MB Dominique Thomas (2.48 kills/set) and 5-7 Jr. OH/DS Deme Morales (2.34 kills/set). Defensive leaders include 5-6 So. L Taylor Morey (3.92 digs/set), 5-8 Sr. DS/L Annemarie Hickey (2.89 digs/set), 6-2 Fr. setter Lauren Carlini (2.88 digs/set), Thomas (2.70 digs/set) and Morales (2.31 digs/set).

Beatrice_the_Honey_Bee_(7836716730) The Buzz on Penn State: Before Wednesday night’s match, we said that for Penn State to win, 6-1 Sr. OH Deja McClendon and 6-2 So. OH Megan Courtney needed to rebound from tough outings against Purdue and 6-4 Sr. RS/Opp A. Scott needed to continue getting back to her 2012 performance level. Scott led the Nittany Lions with 25 kills — her best this year (.274 attack %), McClendon had 14 kills and 16 digs (and four blocks, including two solo), but, on a night when there were very few stellar hitting efforts, hit only .212. Courtney had 10 kills but hit only .125 — although she also registered a career-best 22 digs! A bright spot for Penn State was the play of 6-6 Sr. MH Katie Slay, whose 16 kills tied her career-best). She also totaled 10 blocks.

It was a hard-fought match, and we think some people (including Minnesota fans) are underestimating the Gophers and how tough they can play. But the match also highlights some areas in which the Nittany Lions have room to improve (transition defense and inconsistent serving, to name two).

To date, Penn State has been led up front by 5-11 Jr. setter Micha Hancock with 10.80 assists/set, 0.94 kills/set (.394 attack %), .74 aces/set, 1.96 digs/set, and .48 blocks/set; 6-4 Sr. Opposite Ariel Scott with 3.33 kills/set (.279 attack %) and .79 blocks/set; 6-1 Sr. OH Deja McClendon with 2.51 kills/set (.252 attack %), 2.57 digs/set, and .58 blocks/set; 6-2 So. S/OH Megan Courtney with 2.57 kills/set (.326 attack %), 2.30 digs/set, and .70 blocks/set; 6-6 Sr. MH Katie Slay with 2.20 kills/set (.459 attack %), and 1.52 blocks/set; and 6-2 Jr. MB Nia Grant with 1.77 kills/set (.372 attack %), and.62 blocks/set. Anchoring the back row have been 5-6 Jr. libero Dom Gonzalez (3.31 digs/set), 5-6 Jr. DS Lacey Fuller (1.17 digs/set), and 5-6 So. serving specialist Kendall Pierce.

Stat Joust

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B1G Team Stats 10-11-13

HITTING PERCENTAGE

S

K

E

TA

Pct.

1.

Penn State

54

755

214

1692

.320

2.

Minnesota

61

832

229

1954

.309

3.

Michigan State

57

791

270

1791

.291

4.

Nebraska

52

757

273

1863

.260

9.

Wisconsin

67

881

340

2386

.227

12.

Illinois

58

690

305

2036

.189

 

Opponent Hitting Pct.

S

K

E

TA

Pct.

1.

Penn State

54

538

307

1694

.136

2.

Wisconsin

67

736

418

2287

.139

3.

Michigan State

57

575

330

1679

.146

6.

Nebraska

52

585

298

1796

.160

7.

Minnesota

61

714

370

2112

.163

12.

Indiana

58

640

254

1699

.227

 

 KILLS

S

No.

Avg/S

1.

Nebraska

52

757

14.56

2.

Penn State

54

755

13.98

3.

Michigan State

57

791

13.88

5.

Minnesota

61

832

13.64

7.

Wisconsin

67

881

13.15

12.

Illinois

58

690

11.90

 

BLOCKS

S

BS

BA

Total

Avg/S

1.

Minnesota

61

25

295

172.5

2.83

2.

Penn State

54

43

217

151.5

2.81

3.

Michigan State

57

29

242

150.0

2.63

5.

Nebraska

52

32

206

135.0

2.60

7.

Wisconsin

67

23

255

150.5

2.25

12.

Indiana

58

14

159

93.5

1.61

 

SERVICE ACES

S

No.

Avg/S

1.

Michigan State

57

102

1.79

2.

Penn State

54

79

1.46

3.

Wisconsin

67

98

1.46

8.

Minnesota

61

69

1.13

12.

Nebraska

52

50

0.96

B1G Individual Stats 10-11-13

(Players listed below have played in at least 50.00 percent of their team’s games.)

Hitting % (Min. 3.0 TA/set) Cl

S

K

E

TA

Pct.

1.

Slay, Katie-Penn   State SR

54

123

23

218

.459

2.

Mathews,   Alexis-Michigan State SR

56

132

27

229

.459

3.

Dixon,   Tori-Minnesota SR

58

241

48

439

.440

5.

Grant, Nia-Penn   State JR

48

85

24

164

.372

7.

Hall,   Cecilia-Nebraska SO

48

69

19

145

.345

8.

Wittman,   Ashley-Minnesota SR

57

197

44

452

.338

9.

Nelson,   Haleigh-Wisconsin FR

66

100

20

238

.336

10.

Courtney, Megan-Penn   State SO

47

121

31

276

.326

 

KILLS Cl

S

No.

Avg/S

1.

Leary, Kaitlyn-Ohio   State SR

65

325

5.00

2.

Robinson,   Kelsey-Nebraska SR

52

237

4.56

3.

Wicinski,   Lauren-Michigan State SR

56

255

4.55

4.

Dixon,   Tori-Minnesota SR

58

241

4.16

8.

Wittman,   Ashley-Minnesota SR

57

197

3.46

9.

Scott, Ariel-Penn   State SR

42

140

3.33

10.

Chapman,   Ellen-Wisconsin JR

67

222

3.31

 

ASSISTS Cl

S

No.

Avg/S

1.

Sherwin, Taylor-Ohio   State JR

65

751

11.55

3.

Hancock, Micha-Penn   State JR

54

583

10.80

5.

Carlini,   Lauren-Wisconsin FR

53

549

10.36

6.

Palmer,   Alexandra-Minnesota SR

59

607

10.29

7.

Pollmiller,   Mary-Nebraska JR

52

530

10.19

9.

Kelsay,   Kristen-Michigan State SR

57

415

7.28

10.

Gallagher,   Katie-Indiana SO

49

339

6.92

 

SERVICE ACES Cl

S

No.

Avg/S

1.

Hancock, Micha-Penn   State JR

54

40

0.74

2.

Wicinski,   Lauren-Michigan State SR

56

26

0.46

3.

Moster,Kori-Michigan   State JR

57

20

0.35

4.

Santana,   Daly-Minnesota SO

53

18

0.34

7.

Hickey,   Annemarie-Wisconsin SR

43

13

0.30

8.

Hubbard,   Ryian-Michigan State JR

53

16

0.30

9.

Thomas,   Courtney-Wisconsin JR

55

16

0.29

10.

Chapman,   Ellen-Wisconsin JR

67

19

0.28

 

BLOCKS Cl

S

BS

BA

Total

Avg/S

1.

Slay, Katie-Penn   State SR

54

13

69

82.0

1.52

2.

Mathews,   Alexis-Michigan State SR

56

5

74

79.0

1.41

3.

Dixon,   Tori-Minnesota SR

58

10

67

77.0

1.33

5.

Hall,   Cecilia-Nebraska SO

48

3

53

56.0

1.17

7.

Tapp,   Hannah-Minnesota FR

52

6

53

59.0

1.13

 

DIGS Cl

S

No.

Avg/S

1.

Yeager, Bethany-Iowa SR

68

292

4.29

2.

Moster,Kori-Michigan   State JR

57

244

4.28

3.

Niedospial,   Caroline-Northwestern SO

64

266

4.16

4.

Cramer, Carly-Purdue SR

59

236

4.00

7.

Robinson,   Kelsey-Nebraska SR

52

200

3.85

8.

Morey,   Taylor-Wisconsin SO

67

249

3.72

 

POINTS Cl

S

K

SA

BS

BA

Total

Avg/S

1.

Wicinski,   Lauren-Michigan State SR

56

255

26

9

28

304.0

5.43

3.

Dixon,   Tori-Minnesota SR

58

241

14

10

67

298.5

5.15

4.

Robinson,   Kelsey-Nebraska SR

52

237

14

7

13

264.5

5.09

8.

Wittman,   Ashley-Minnesota SR

57

197

7

2

31

221.5

3.89

9.

Chapman,   Ellen-Wisconsin JR

67

222

19

2

31

258.5

3.86

10.

Scott, Ariel-Penn   State SR

42

140

1

2

31

158.5

3.77

Wisconsin Roster

NO NAME POS HT Year Hometown Last School
1 Lauren Carlini S/OH 6-2 FR Aurora, Ill. West Aurora
2 Claire Raddatz DS/L 5-11 SO Mequon, Wis. Homestead
3 Courtney Thomas S/OH 6-0 JR DeKalb, Ill. DeKalb
4 Annemarie Hickey DS/L 5-8 SR Oswego, Ill. Joliet Catholic Academy
5 Taylor Fricano OH/RS 6-4 FR Palatine, Ill. Palatine
6 Taylor Morey DS/L 5-6 SO Muncie, Ind. Notre Dame
7 Deme Morales OH/DS 5-7 JR Amherst, Ohio Steele
8 Victoria Ito DS/L 5-5 SO Buffalo Grove, Ill. Buffalo Grove
10 Tori Blake MB 6-3 FR Midland, Mich. Midland
11 Kt Kvas DS/S 5-9 JR Eagan, Minn. Eagan
12 Julie Mikaelsen RS 6-3 SR Askim, Norway Sand Vidaregåande School
13 Haleigh Nelson MB 6-3 FR Cary. N.C. Cardinal Gibbons
14 Dominique Thompson MB 5-11 RS JR Plymouth, Minn. Robbinsdale Armstrong
15 Crystal Graff OH 6-3 JR Madison, Wis. La Follette
16 Caroline Workman DS/L 5-5 JR Los Angeles, Calif. Marymount
20 Ellen Chapman OH 6-4 JR Glenview, Ill. Glenbrook South

Penn State 2013 Team Roster

NumberName PositionYear/ClassHeightHometownState/Nation
1Scott, Ariel

RS4/Sr.6-4RidgewoodNew Jersey
2Caraway, LaraDS2/So.5-4Evans CityPennsylvania
3Pierce, KendallDS2/So.5-6EdenNew York
4Gonzalez, DominiqueDS3/Jr.5-6San AntonioTexas
6Martin, MaddieOH4/Sr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Grant, NiaOH3/Jr.6-2WarrenOhio
8Denny, Erica
MH3/Jr. (RS)6-5CentennialColorado
9Prieto Cerame, PaulinaOH1/Fr. (RS)6-2MiamiFlorida
10Muller, CarleyDS1/Fr.5-7Manhattan BeachCalifornia
12Hancock, MichaS3/Jr.5-11EdmondOklahoma
13Krause, TaylorDS/S1/Fr.5-6AllentownPennsylvania
14Whitney, AiyanaOH2/So. (RS)6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
15Harding, MaggieDS4/Sr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Slay, Katie
MH4/Sr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
17Courtney, Megan
S/OH2/So.6-2DaytonOhio
18McClendon, Deja

OH4/Sr.6-1LouisvilleKentucky
23Robertson, KellyMB1/Fr.6-0AllentownPennsylvania
24Broerman, LauraDS1/Fr.5-4Colorado Springs Colorado
33Fuller, LaceyDS3/Jr.5-6San DiegoCalifornia