Match Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Penn State


The Match: Penn State  (27-5) vs. Virginia Tech (20-11)              

When & Where: December 4, 2010, 7:30 p.m. ET.; Rec Hall     

Media Coverage: GameTracker; Live Stream: NCAA AllAcess.com                             

Match Snapshot                              

  • Penn State

The Penn State Nittany Lions (27-5) took care of business in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament, downing the Niagara Purple Eagles (25-9)  in straight sets (25-12, 25-19, 25-15).  You can catch a replay of the match today on the Big Ten Network at 4:30 p.m on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions were led by  6-3 Sr. MH Arielle Wilson (.643 attack %) and Big Ten Player of the Year Blair Brown (each with 9 kills in the match), and 6-1 Fr. OH Deja McClendon (6 kills, .500 attack %).  6-6 Fr. MH Katie Slay played a solid match, with 6 total blocks and 3 kills (.500 attack %).  So. S Kristin Carpenter helped the team to an overall .370 attack % for the match, totaling 33 assists and 8 digs. 

Oh, and Penn State extended its home-match winning streatk to 91 consecutive matchs — a new NCAA record.  The Nittany Lions face off tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Virginia Tech , which downed Delaware, 3-0 in the 1st Round,

Below is Penn State’s 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

  • Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Women’s volleyball team may have been playing in its first-ever NCAA Tournament match, but it didn’t show, as the Hokies swept the University of Delaware Blue Hens, 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18).  Tech ho-humed to a .367 attack % (its best this season), and held Delaware to .204. Virginia Tech’s 6-0 Sr. MB, Felicia Willoughby , led the way with a career-bet .786 attack % (11 kills and 5 blocks).

Hokie Head Coach  Chris Riley had this to day:

I’m really proud of this program.  I’m proud of the direction it’s gone and where these kids have taken it and I couldn’t be more proud of the group for their discipline and what they’ve given to the program in order to get us to this level.  It was a challenge from day one but this group has taken it on as what their motto is and what their goals are and they’ve taken full charge of it. So, we’re pretty happy and pretty proud of it.

Below is Virginia Tech’s 2010 Roster:

No. Name Pos. Height Class Hometown Club Team High School/College
1 Jessica Wellman L/DS 5′ 4″ So. McKinney, Texas Premier McKinney North
2 Kirsty Blue MB 6′ 1″ Jr. Geneva, Fla. Orlando Oviedo
3 Allison Munter S 5′ 9″ Fr. Chesapeake, Va. Coastal Virginia Grassfield
4 Rachel Lindsey L/DS 5′ 8″ Fr. Summerfield, N.C. Piedmont Northwest Guilford
5 Erin Leaser S 5′ 10″ Jr. Allentown, Pa. Philadelphia Allentown Central Catholic
6 Laura Misiewicz L/DS 5′ 5″ Fr. Herndon, Va. Virginia League Chantilly
7 Justine Record OH 5′ 8″ Jr. Redwood City, Calif. Vision Carlmont
8 Samantha Gostling OH 6′ 1″ Fr. Charlotte, N.C. Carolina Juniors Ardrey Kell
9 Liz Trinchere MB 6′ 0″ So. Salem, Va. Roanoke Juniors Glenvar
10 Cara Baarendse MB 6′ 1″ So. Mason, Ohio Cincy Classics William Mason
11 Amy Wengrenovich L/DS 5′ 10″ Sr. Lancaster, Pa. R&B Hempfield
13 Jennifer Wiker OH 6′ 3″ r-So. Charlotte, N.C. Carolina Juniors South Mecklenburg
14 Victoria Hamsher MB 6′ 2″ Fr. Nazareth, Pa. Synergy Nazareth
15 Felicia Willoughby MB 6′ 0″ Sr. Pleasanton, Calif. Golden Bear Foothill
16 Kirsten Higareda L/DS 5′ 4″ Jr. Woodbridge, Va. Ichiban Forest Park
17 Corrie Sanders L/DS 5′ 8″ Fr. Virginia Beach, Va. Coastal Virginia Frank W. Cox
19 Morgan O’Neill OH/DS 5′ 9″ So. Atherton, Calif. Vision Archbishop Mitty

Stat Joust

Below are selected NCAA individual and team rankings for Penn State and Virginia Tech as of November 27, 2010: