Penn State was back in Rec Hall a mere 13 hours after polishing off the Eastern Kentucky Colonels Friday night, 3-0, to face off against the University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers. The Lions prevailed, sweeping UMBC 25-11, 25-21, 25-8, in Penn State’s second match of the Penn State Classic.
The Nittany Lions, who hit a collective .385 for the match, were led on offense by 6-0 Fr. OH Jonni Parker’s 11 kills. Parker added eight digs, two aces and a block. Both freshman middle blockers had solid outings, with 6-4 Kaitlyn Hord registering 6 kills (.750 attack %), with two blocks, while 6-2 Serena Gray put down seven kills (.545 hitting %) and one block. 6-2 RS Jr. MB Tori Gorrell totaled two kills (.333 hitting %), with four total blocks (one solo).
Graduate student 6-3 OH Taylor Leath contributed another steady performance, tallying seven kills (.300 hitting %), six digs and six blocks, including two solos.
Junior libero Kendall White led the team with 16 digs, while 6-0 RS Sr. setter Bryanna Weiskircher finished the match with six digs, 21 assists, three kills on three attempts and one ace.
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