Match Preview: Penn State vs. Wisconsin

The Match: Penn State vs. Wisconsin

When and Where: Sunday, September 26th at 2:00 p.m. E.T., The Wisconsin Fieldhouse, Madison Wisconsin

Media Coverage: GameTracker and BTN Tape Delay (9-26-10 at 9 p.m. E.T.)

Comments from Wisconsin Head Coach Pete Waite:

Wisconsin’s Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Pete Waite is happy his Badgers are 11-0 going into matches against  Ohio State (12-1) on Friday and #2-ranked Penn State (10-1) on Sunday, and he’s eager to see how his young team performs.

We’re starting a number of young players, sometimes four freshmen and a sophomore out there, which is great. Sometimes they don’t know any better. They just go out and play, which is wonderful. There’s not that added pressure or feel that we’re a senior-laden group and we’ve got to win now. It’s like, they don’t know any better. They’re just going to go out and play the way they know how to play. We like that attitude on the court.

Waite noted that the team has improved offensively, and  that serve receive and serving are both much better than last season – giving special mention to Kim Kuzma , noting that last year her back was hurting her badly, but that she’s healthy this season and that has made a big difference. 

Asked whether the loss to Stanford has made Penn State “human,” (following 109 consecutive match victories) Waite had this to say:

They’re not quite the same team they were. There’s no doubt about that. With (Alisha) Glass and (Megan) Hodge leaving, those were two phenomenal players like top-decade teams kind of thing and all-time teams. But they still have two or three All Americans returning, some great players. One of their freshmen is their second leader in kills. They’re still very, very good.

We can’t argue with any of that Pete.

Stat Joust:

Here’s a comparison of the NCAA individual and team rankings of the two teams through 9-20-10:

 

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
MHFr.6-5CentennialColorado
9Blair Brown MH/OppSr. (RS)6-5 Purcellville Virginia
10Marika Racibarskas SSo.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Darcy Dorton

OHSo.6-2MuncieIndiana
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

OHFr.6-1LouisvilleKentucky
19Krosby Pabst DSFr.5-7Long BeachCalifornia
22Mikinzie MoydellSFr.6-0Parker Colorado
23Ali LongoDSFr.5-6ChatfieldColorado

The Wisconsin Roster