NCAA Match Preview: Niagara vs. Penn State

     

The Match: Penn State  (26-5) vs. Niagara (25-8)              

When & Where: December 3, 2010, 7:30 p.m. ET.; Rec Hall     

Media Coverage: GameTracker; Live Stream: NCAA AllAcess.com;Television: Big Ten Network – HD (Tape Delay – 12-4-10, 4:30 pm E.T.)                             

Match Snapshot                              

Many volleyball fans are writing off the Niagara Purple Eagle’s chances against #4 seeded Penn State, but Niagara head coach Susan Clements is having none of it.      

We deserve to be here [in the NCAA Tournament].  We won 19 in a row and beat some good teams. We need to play hard and hope good things happen.     

Niagara (25-8), received an automatic bid when it knocked off Iona in the 2010 MAAC Championship in straight sets.  This will be the Purple Eagle’s second-ever NCAA Tournament.  In 2009 they lost to Michigan in the first round.   Niagara’s 19-match win streak is the sixth longest streak in the nation and the program’s longest.      

Penn State, seeded #4 overall, will be playing at home in its 30th NCAA Tournament (the Nittany Lions are one of only two teams (Stanford is the other) to be selected for every NCAA Tournament since it began in 1981).  But unlike the streaking Purple Eagles, Penn State is coming off a tough 3-2 loss to Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Here’s what Head Coach Russ Rose had to say:     

We’re excited about participating in the NCAA Championships.  After coming off a tough road loss to a solid Minnesota team, we have to regroup and focus on the things that allowed us to win the Big Ten Championship this year.    

Penn State is one of four Big Ten teams among the 16 seeded teams in the Tournament (#8 seed Illinois (22-8), #10 seed Minnesota (24-8),  and #16 seed Purdue (21-10),  are the others).  Indiana (21-11), Michigan (23-9), Ohio State (22-11) and Northwestern (19-12), are made the Tournament from the Big Ten.     

Stat Joust    

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

   

   

  

     

 

Team Rosters     

Below are Penn State’s and Niagara’s 2010 Team Rosters,  and Niagara’s 2010 Schedule and Results:     

  • Penn State

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
  • Niagara

# Name Yr. Ht. Pos. Hometown Previous School Club Major
8 Kathy Bibler Jr. 6’0″ MB Bowling Green, Ohio Bowling Green Premier Accounting
1 Lisa Bilich Jr. 5’8″ DS Pittsburgh, Pa. Mt. Lebanon Pittsburgh Elite Accounting
4 Lauren Costello Sr. 6’1″ MB Webster, N.Y. Our Lady of Mercy VolleyFx Business Management
10 Hannah Hedrick Jr. 5’10” OH Cincinnati, Ohio Oak Hills CincyDigs Communications
15 Kari Honomichl So. 6’0″ OH Petersburg, Mich. Ida Premier Communications
11 Michelle James Jr. 5’9″ S Cincinnati, Ohio Mother of Mercy NKYVC Accounting
5 Sam Morgan Jr. 5’9″ L Cincinnati, Ohio Colerain CincyClassics Criminology & Criminal Justice
13 Shannon Ryan Sr. 5’9″ RS/S Fairport, N.Y. Fairport VolleyFx Education
12 Taylor Scully Fr. 5’10” OH Elgin, Ill. Burlington Central HS Club Fusion 18 Black Criminal Justice
2 Ellen Senf Fr. 6’0″ RS St. Paul, Minn. Central Senior High School Mizuno Northern Lights Business
3 Rebecca Suchy Sr. 5’10” OH/DS Lancaster, N.Y. St. Mary’s Niagara Frontier Education
7 Amanda Wilken So. 6’2″ MB/OH Cincinnati, Ohio Mount Notre Dame CincyClassics Business

 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

  • Niagara 2010 Schedule and Results

 

Date Opponent Time/Result Media Coverage
8/27/2010 $ vs. Hartford (Philadelphia, Pa.) W 3 – 0
25-12, 25-20, 25-17
Live Stats
8/28/2010 $ at La Salle (Philadelphia, Pa.) W 3 – 0
25-15, 25-16, 25-10
Live Stats
8/28/2010 $ vs. Valparaiso (Philadelphia, Pa.) L 1 – 3
19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20
Live Stats
9/1/2010 Buffalo (Niagara University, N.Y.) L 2 – 3
20-25, 25-12, 25-20, 26-28, 15-12
LCTV
Live Video
Live Stats
9/3/2010 % vs. Central Michigan (Youngstown, Ohio) L 1 – 3
26-24, 22-25, 25-17, 25-13
 
9/4/2010 % at Youngstown State (Youngstown, Ohio) W 3 – 1
25-14, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24
 
9/4/2010 % vs. Howard (Youngstown, Ohio) W 3 – 0
25-19, 25-14, 26-24
 
9/8/2010 Binghamton (Niagara University, N.Y.) L 2 – 3
28-26, 25-18, 19-25, 22-25, 15-13
Live Stats
9/10/2010 ^ Bucknell (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-11, 25-14, 25-23
Live Stats
9/11/2010 ^ Indiana (Niagara University, N.Y.) L 0 – 3
25-18, 25-9, 25-15
Live Stats
9/11/2010 ^ Colgate (Niagara University, N.Y.) L 2 – 3
25-20, 20-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-11
Live Stats
9/14/2010 at Syracuse (Syracuse, N.Y.) L 0 – 3
25-20, 25-19, 25-20
 
9/18/2010 * at Marist (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) W 3 – 1
25-18, 20-25, 25-16, 25-22
 
9/19/2010 * at Siena (Loudonville, N.Y.) L 1 – 3
25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 25-23
 
9/25/2010 * Rider (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-17, 25-18, 25-14
Live Stats
9/26/2010 * Loyola (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-17, 25-19, 25-17
Live Stats
10/2/2010 * at Manhattan (Riverdale, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-12, 25-18, 25-18
 
10/3/2010 * at Saint Peter’s (Jersey City, N.J.) W 3 – 0
25-15, 25-21, 25-16
 
10/9/2010 * Iona (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-22, 25-22, 25-21
Live Stats
10/10/2010 * Fairfield (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 2
23-25, 25-17, 26-24, 22-25, 15-9
Live Stats
10/16/2010 * at Loyola (Baltimore, Md.) W 3 – 0
25-18, 25-14, 25-19
 
10/17/2010 * at Rider (Lawrenceville, N.Y.) W 3 – 0  
10/20/2010 * Canisius (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-13, 25-10, 25-16
Live Stats
10/23/2010 * Saint Peter’s (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-22, 25-11, 25-18
Live Stats
10/24/2010 * Manhattan (Niagara University. N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-23, 25-15, 25-20
Live Stats
10/30/2010 * at Fairfield (Fairfield, Conn.) W 3 – 0
25-16, 25-18, 25-16
 
10/31/2010 * at Iona (New Rochelle, N.Y.) W 3 – 2
17-25, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14
 
11/6/2010 * Siena (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 2
24-26,25-13,20-25,26-28,15-7
Live Stats
11/7/2010 * Marist (Niagara University, N.Y.) W 3 – 0
25-18, 25-23, 25-15
Live Stats
11/13/2010 * at Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.) W 3 – 2
25-18,25-22, 21-25, 21-25,22-20
 
11/18/2010 # vs. Siena (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.) (2010 MAAC Championship First Round) W 3 – 1
17-25,25-23,25-19,25-10
Live Stats
11/19/2010 # vs. Fairfield (Lake Vista Buena, Fla.) W 3 – 1
25-19,20-25,25-20,25-15
ESPN3
Live Stats
11/20/2010 # vs. Iona (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.) (MAAC Final) W 3 – 0
25-19,25-14,25-18
ESPN3 Replay
Live Stats