Match Preview: Northwestern vs. Penn State

The Match: Northwestern  (18-9, 8-8 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (24-4, 14-3 Big Ten)

When & Where: November 19, 2010, 7:00 p.m. ET.; Rec Hall

Media Coverage: GameTracker; Streaming Video:

Match Snapshot

Penn State takes on the 25th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats  tonight, in the final regular season home match for the Nittany Lions.  Northwestern is in 6th place in the Big Ten with an 8-8 record (18-9 overall).  The Wildcats are 3-4 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, having notched victories over Tennessee, Minnesota, and, in a big boost to Penn State, Illinois.  Here’s a video of Northwestern Head Coach Keylor Chan, talking about his team and its opponents this weekend:

Once again, Penn State will be led by 6-5 Sr. Opp. Blair Brown, who leads the team with 4.02 kills per set (on .324 hitting), followed by 6-1 Fr. OH Deja McClendon (3.35 kps, .318 attack %) and 6-3 Sr. MH Arielle Wilson (2.70 kps, .425 attack %).  Sophomore setter Kristin Carpenter is averaging 11.04 assists/set.  On defense, 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico leads the team with 3.89 digs/set, while  Wilson is averaging 1.17 bps, 6-3 Sr. MH Fatima Balza  averages 1.29 bps, and 6-6 Fr. MH Katie Slay is averaging 1.56 bps.  We’ll be interested in seeing whether Katie Slay plays tonight, and whether 6-5 Fr. OH Ariel Scott continues to improve (whether coincidence or not, the Nittany Lions haven’t lost since she began playing on a regular basis).

For the season, Penn State is hitting .313 as a team, while holding their opponents to a .124 attack %.

2010 Northwestern Volleyball Roster
No.   Name Pos.   Ht.   Year Hometown High School
1   Holthus, Stephanie OH   6-0   FR Burlington, Ill. Central
2   Gray, Gabrielle S/OH   5-10   FR Cincinnati, Ohio Sycamore
3   Johnson, Naomi MB   6-3   SR Bloomington, Minn. Kennedy
5   Chrystal, Kathryn MB   6-1   RS SO Crystal Lake, Ill. Crystal Lake Central
6   Chin, Julie LIB   5-7   SO Naperville, Ill. Naperville North
7   Gray, Brittani OH   6-0   RS SR Cincinnati, Ohio Sycamore
8   Turner, Maria DS   5-10   SO Dallas, Texas Mansfield Legacy
9   Shalter, Madalyn OH   6-2   RS SO Ottawa, Ohio Ottawa-Glandorf
10   Ayers, Alex OH   6-1   JR Playa Del Rey, Calif. Marymount
11   Glab, Elyse S   6-1   SR Chicago, Ill. Resurrection
13   Gallagher, Mary Grace LIB   5-5   JR Atlanta, Ga. The Lovett School
14   Dutchman, Katie MB   6-0   FR Del Mar, Calif. Torrey Pines
15   McNaney, Jenna DS   5-6   FR Long Beach, Calif. Wilson
16   Kaelin, Christina OH   5-10   GS Louisville, Ky. Assumption
17   Moffett, Sabel MB       GS Temecula, Calif. Chaparral

Here’s the Penn State roster:

2010 Team Roster

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Ariel Scott

MHFr.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
2 Katie Kabbes OHJr.6-5RaleighNorth Carolina
3Fatima Balza MHSr.6-3MeridaVenezuela
4Jessica Ullrich DSSr.5-8WinfieldIllinois
5Kristin Carpenter S/DSSo.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Maddie MartinOHFr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Arielle Wilson MHSr.6-3BroadviewIllinois
8Erica Denny
9Blair Brown MH/OppSr. (RS)6-5 Purcellville Virginia
10Marika Racibarskas SSo.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Darcy Dorton

12Alyssa D'Errico L/DSSr.5-9ByronNew York
13 Megan Shifflett DS/SJr.5-6Falls ChurchVirginia
14Cathy QuilicoL/DSSr.5-1Thousand OaksCalifornia
15Maggie HardingDSFr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Katie Slay
MHFr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
18Deja McClendon

19Krosby Pabst DSFr.5-7Long BeachCalifornia
22Mikinzie MoydellSFr.6-0Parker Colorado
23Ali LongoDSFr.5-6ChatfieldColorado