Tourney Time (Blackbirds Edition)

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Penn State Tournament Central


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Game One

Yale vs. Utah
Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET

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Game Two

Penn State vs. LIU Brooklyn Dec. 6th – 7:30pm ET




So, it’s finally with us, and all the pre-tourney angst can turn to actual-tourney anxiety.

The Nittany Lions (28-2, 19-1 in the B1G) will be making its 33rd appearance in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball tournament this weekend (that’s every year the tournament has been held, for those of you who are counting), and will face the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (23-7, 14-0) tonight, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall.

That match will be preceded by Yale vs. Utah at 5 p.m.  The winners of those two matches will meet Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall.

Penn State is 5-0 against LIU Brooklyn in the series that began on Dec. 3, 2005.

The Black¬birds have won their last ten matches, including a 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-14) defeat of Central Connecticut State that clinched LIU Brooklyn’s eighth NEC title, the most by any volleyball team in NEC history.   In that match, 5-9 Jr. Opp Annika Foit registered 18 kills (.556 attack %), 5-11 So. OH Tamara Ignjic totaled 15 kills (.419  attack %), 6-1 Gr. MB Jessica Rice put down 7 kills and 5 blocks, and 5-9 RS So. MB Nicole Okeke totaled 5 kills with 5 blocks.

LIU Brooklyn Roster



# Full Name Pos. Ht. CL. Hometown/Previous School
1 Artisha Jackson L 5-9 R-Jr. Euless, Texas / Trinity
2 Cydni Asuncion OH/DS 5-7 So. Kailua, Hawai’i / Hawai’i Baptist Academy
3 Jorden Jackson MB 5-11 So. Fairfax, Va. / W.T. Woodson
4 Nicole Okeke MB 5-9 R-So. DeSoto, Texas / Central Arkansas
5 Mia Radisic OH 5-11 Jr. Pula, Croatia / School of Economics
6 Nicole Hopton S 5-9 Fr. Chester Springs, Pa. / Downingtown East
7 Mirjana Rajic OH 6-1 So. Belgrade, Serbia / Sportska Gimnazija
9 Adriana Viñas Joy L 5-5 So. San Juan, Puerto Rico / Colegio Marista
10 Annika Foit OPP 5-9 Jr. Hausach, Germany / Robert-Gerwig-Gymnasium
11 Sandy Zhao MB 6-3 Fr. Beijing, China / Beijing 101
12 Vera Djuric S 5-10 Jr. Lazarevac, Serbia / Svetozar Markovic
14 Jessica Rice MB 6-1 Gr. Marlton, N.J. / Cherokee
15 Tamara Ignjic OH 5-11 So. Belgrade, Serbia / First Economic