In a match televised live on ESPNU, Penn State (21-0, 9-0) continued its dominance over Indiana, sweeping the Hoosiers Friday night in Rec Hall, 25-19, 25-13, 25-17. The Nittany Lions hit .362 as a team (well below its season average of .421 going into the match), while the Hoosiers hit .088 (below the .094 average for Penn State’s opponents prior to Friday night).
In the process, Penn State extended its NCAA record winning streak to 85 consecutive matches, and its consecutive win streak at Rec Hall to 63 matches. Indiana has not won a set over Penn State since 2001.
ESPNU analyst Karch Kiraly couldn’t say enough good things about Penn State Sr. OH Megan Hodge, or Sr. Setter Alisha Glass, whom he coached for three weeks this past summer when they trained with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Kiraly said that during those three weeks, both Hodge and Glass were close to being the best (and may have been the best) player at their respective positions.
On Friday night, both players stood out, with Hodge registering a match-high 16 kills, hitting .538, with 11 digs and Glass totaling 33 assists with four kills (.571 hitting) and four digs. Junior Libero Alyssa D’Errico had 11 digs and three services aces. Junior Opp. Blair Brown and Junior MH Arielle Wilson also drew praise from Karily throughout the match. Brown chipped in with seven kills on 18 swings (one hitting error), along with five digs and two blocks, while Wilson had seven kills (hitting .429), along with four blocks. Junior MH Fatima Balza led Penn State with seven blocks. Jr. DS Cathy Quilico chipped in with five digs and one assist.
Kiraly did offer some criticism of Penn State’s performance (saying after the first set that Penn State would probably give itself a grade of C+ or B-), noting that the Nittany Lions made a number of unforced errors, and that Coach Rose undoubtedly will be concentrating on addressing that in order to get the Nittany Lions prepared for the post season.
The Nittany Lions are in action again tonight, facing off against the Purdue Boilermakers in Rec Hall at 7:00 pm. The match will be televised by the Big Ten Network on a tape-delayed basis, airing Sunday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.