The Match: #19 Michigan (14-1) vs. #4 Penn State (12-2)
When and Where: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:00 p.m. E.T., Rec Hall
Media Coverage: GameTracker; TV: BTN Live
Penn State, which extended its consecutive home winning streak to 81 on Friday night by sweeping Michigan State, will be facing a very tough Michigan team that is on a 12-match winning streak, having defeated Ohio State (13-3) in Columbus, Ohio Friday night, 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19). Michigan was led by Jr. OH Alex Hunt with 17 kills, 6 digs and a service ace (for some reason, the Michigan roster doesn’t list Alex’s height; what’s that about?) .
All-American Sr. S Lexi Zimmerman recorded 39 assists, 11 digs and six kills, leading Michigan’s balanced attack to a .365 attack % for the match. In addition to Hunt, 6-4 Fr. MB Jennifer Cross had 9 kills and 6-2 RS So. Claire McElheny and 6-4 Jr. MB Courtney Fletcher each had eight.
Penn State opened its weekend homestand with a workmanlike win over Michigan State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-17). Arielle Wilson (14 kills, .524 attack %, 3 blocks), Deja McClendon (14 kills, .276 attack %) and Blair Brown (10 kills, .333 attack %, 5 digs, 5 blocks) led the way for the Nittany Lions. In addition to Wilson, Brown , and McClendon, key players for Penn State include 6-3 Sr. MH Fatima Balza (1.30 bps), 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico (4.38 dps, .71 aces/s), 5-6 So. S Kristin Carpenter (10.00 asst./s, 2.13 dps), 6-5 Jr. OH Katie Kabbes (2.11 kps, 0.97 bps) and 5-1 Sr. DS Cathy Quilico (1.76 dps).
Big Ten Stat Joust: Team
Here is a comparison of Penn State and Michigan through 9-26-10 in selected Big Ten team statistical categories (all opponents):
Big Ten Stat Joust: Individual
Here’s a comparison of individiual Michigan and Penn State players, through 9-26-10 (all opponents) in various Big Ten statistical categories:
Penn State Roster
2010 Team Roster
|1||Ariel Scott||MH||Fr.||6-5||Ridgewood||New Jersey|
|2||Katie Kabbes||OH||Jr.||6-5||Raleigh||North Carolina|
|9||Blair Brown||MH/Opp||Sr. (RS)||6-5||Purcellville||Virginia|
|10||Marika Racibarskas||S||So.||6-0||Chatham||New Jersey|
|11||Darcy Dorton ||OH||So.||6-2||Muncie||Indiana|
|12||Alyssa D'Errico||L/DS||Sr.||5-9||Byron||New York|
|13||Megan Shifflett||DS/S||Jr.||5-6||Falls Church||Virginia|
|14||Cathy Quilico||L/DS||Sr.||5-1||Thousand Oaks||California|
|15||Maggie Harding||DS||Fr.||5-6||State College||Pennsylvania|
|16||Katie Slay||MH||Fr.||6-6||Raleigh||North Carolina|
|19||Krosby Pabst||DS||Fr.||5-7||Long Beach||California|