Penn State Opens Season at Active Ankle Challenge in Louisville Kentucky

Active Ankle Challenge - Louisville, KY

Date (Time)OpponentSiteMedia
8-24-12 Active Ankle Challenge
(5:00 p.m. ET)
Morehead StateLouisville, KY, KFC Yum CenterLive Stats
8-25-12 Active Ankle Challenge
(noon or 1:30 p.m. ET)
Western Kentucky Louisville, KY, KFC Yum CenterLive Stats
8-25-12 Active Ankle Challenge
(7:30 p.m. ET)
LouisvilleLouisville, KY, KFC Yum CenterGameTracker

Match Preview: Morehead State vs. Penn State  

Friday, August 24, 2012 (5:00 p.m. ET)

Penn State opens its season against Morehead State, which was voted as the Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorite by the league’s head coaches and media relations personnel (after having won the conference championship last season).

The Eagles return eight letterwinners from 2011, including 6-2 Sr. OH Ellie Roberson, 5-9 Sr. S Caitlin Clark, 6-0 RS Jr. OH Aryn Bohannon, 5-3 Jr. DS Leslie Schellhaas, and 6-1 RS S MB Laura McDermott, all of whom were named to the Preseason All-OVC Team.  Morehead also adds 6-1 Fr. MB Hannah Sigala and 6-0 Fr. OH Courtney Smith.

For the complete Match Notes from Morehead State, Click Here.

Match Preview: Penn State vs. Western Kentucky 

Saturday, August 25, 2012 (noon or 1:30 pm ET)

The Nittany Lions take on Western Kentucky University on Saturday either at noon (according to WKU’s website) or 1:30 p.m. (according to GoPSUsports.com).  The Lady Toppers, who were tied at #33 in the AVCA preseason poll, went 31-4 in 2011, winning the Sun Belt Conference title and the conference tournament.   The league coaches voted Western Kentucky as the pre-season favorite to win the Sun Belt East Division title.

Three Lady Toppers players were voted to the SBC Preseason All-Conference Team: 5-4 Jr. DS Ashley Potts (who was voted the SBC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year), 5-11 Jr. S Melanie Stutsman, and 5-10 Sr. OH Jordyn Skinner (who was voted the 2012 SBC Preseason Player of the Year).

For the complete Match Notes from Western Kentucky, Click Here.

H.H. Cherry Hall, Western Kentucky.  Photo courtesy of OPMaster at en.wikipedia

Match Preview: Penn State vs. Louisville

Saturday, August 25, 2012 (7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. ET)

Penn State closes out the Active Ankle Challenge on Saturday against Louisville, with the match to start at either 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (the team’s websites differ on that).  To be safe, tune in at 7:00 p.m.

Louisville was ranked No. 31 in the AVCA’s preseason poll, after having captured the Big East regular season title in 2011, with a 24-9  record (13-1 in the Big East).  
All-Big East Player of the Year, 5-11 Sr. OH Lola Arslanbekova, returns for the Cardinals, as does All-Big East selection 5-10 Jr. OH Emily Juhl.  Among the notable new arrivals for Louisville are 5-11 Jr. S Hannah Kvitle, a transfer from Saint Louis, and 5-10 S Katie George, the National High School Player of the Year, who is from Assumption, KY.

For the complete Match Notes from Louisville, Click Here.

Penn State’s 2012 Roster

2012 Team Roster (Updated)

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Scott, Ariel

Opp/MHJr.6-4RidgewoodNew Jersey
2Caraway, LaraDS/LFr.5-4Evans CityPennsylvania
3Pierce, KendallDS/LFr.5-6EdenNew York
4Gonzalez, DominiqueDS/LSo.5-6San AntonioTexas
5Carpenter, Kristin DS/L/SSr.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Martin, MaddieOHJr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Grant, NiaMH/OHSo.6-2WarrenOhio
8Denny, Erica
MHSo. (RS)6-5CentennialColorado
9Prieto Cerame, PaulinaOH/Opp/MHFr.6-2MiamiFlorida
10Racibarskas, Marika SSr.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
12Hancock, MichaSSo.5-11EdmondOklahoma
14Whitney, AiyanaOH/Opp/MHSo.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
15Harding, MaggieDSSo. (RS)5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Slay, Katie
MHJr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
17Courtney, Megan
OH/SFr.6-2DaytonOhio
18McClendon, Deja

OHJr.6-1LouisvilleKentucky
33Fuller, LaceyDS/LSo.5-6San DiegoCalifornia