Penn State Downs Stanford in NCAA Semi-Final Match

No. 5 Women’s Volleyball Tops No. 1 Stanford, Advances to NCAA National Finals (Courtesy of

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Behind a career-high performance from junior Megan Courtney, fifth-seeded Penn State women’s volleyball (35-3) knocked off top-ranked Stanford (33-2) in four sets (25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21) Thursday evening in Chesapeake Arena to advance to the NCAA national finals.

Making their 10th appearance in the national title match, the Nittany Lions are set to take on unseeded BYU (30-4) Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The matchup will broadcast live on ESPN2. PSU enters Saturday’s contest with a 6-3 record in national final matches, seeking back-to-back titles for the first time since 2009-10.

Courtney powered the offense with a match-high 23 kills on .321 hitting, adding 16 digs for a double-double. She also finished second on the team with five blocks. Freshman Ali Frantti totaled 16 kills on .375 hitting, with two aces, while redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney tallied 10.

Senior Nia Grant led the blocking unit with seven total blocks, including one solo stuff. Senior Dominique Gonzalez posted her sixth 20+ dig performance of the season with a match-high 23 digs. Senior Lacey Fuller logged double-digit digs with 12. Senior Micha Hancock directed the offense to a .279 hitting percentage, dishing out 55 assists. She also contributed five kills on 11 errorless swings for a .455 hitting clip.

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Post-Match Penn State Press Conference

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