Match Preview: Penn State Looks to Topple Terps

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Date (Time)OpponentSiteMedia
(7:00 p.m. ET)
Park, MD
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Quote of the Day

I’m learning patience, but I also have two kids who are 4 and 2 [years old] so the patience thing I’m definitely getting better at no matter what.”  Maryland Head Coach Steve Aird, in an interview with Michael Errigo of

Two weeks ago, Maryland Head Coach Steve Aird brought his young Terrapin squad to Rec Hall to face the Penn State Nittany Lions.  Penn State won in straight sets (25-11, 25-18, 25-15), led by 6-3 Fr. MH Haleigh Washington (10 kills, .769 attack %), 6-4 RS Jr. Opp/RS Aiyana Whitney (10 kills, .500 attack % ), and 6-1 Fr. OH Ali Frantti (13 kills, .259 attack %). After that match, Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose complimented Maryland in an interview with

Maryland tested us in number of areas. I thought a couple of the girls played really well under the pressure of those tests and a couple of the girls were a little subpar in their performance.  Anytime you can have a great crowd and good energy in the building and the young kids play well, you should feel pleased about that.

Penn State now is ranked #4 in the AVCA poll, with a 27-3 record (15-2 in the B1G), while Maryland sits at 9-19 overall (2-15 in the B1G).

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Stat Joust

Here’s the latest stat joust, comparing team and individual statistics (B1G matches only) for Penn State, Wisconsin (because it’s riding high in first place in the ), and Penn State’s next opponent — Maryland.

B1G Team Stats (B1G Matches Only)

  • The biggest difference we see with looking only at the B1G matches is that Penn State is leading the B1G in blocking, whereas looking at all matches, it ranks 5th in the B1G
  • Maryland is a decent blocking team
  • Maryland is a good serving team (or at least, they have a good average of service aces/set)


B1g Team

B1G Individual Stats (B1G Matches Only)

  • Penn State and Wisconsin are dominating the individual hitting statistics. All we can say is Carlini. Actually, we can also say Haleigh (Washington and Nelson) and Aiyana (Whitney), Nia (Grant) and Dominique and Courtney (Thompson and Thomas, respectively).
  • Aiyana Whitney is having a terrific B1G season — 4th in attack %, 10th in kills, and 10th in points. All the more impressive given that she is only one-third of Penn State’s Three-Headed Monster.
  • It’s very nice to have Micha Hancock on your team.
  • Nia Grant too.
  • Ali Frantti too.
  • Dom Gonzalez too.

B1G Individual


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