Penn State Storms Past St. Johns


St. Joes, St. Johns, Live Stats says "Whatever"
St. Joes, St. Johns, Live Stats says “Whatever”

Live Stats, the online scorekeeping app, was confused right from the start — listing Penn State’s opponent Saturday afternoon as “Saint Joseph’s” rather than the team that actually was on the court — St. Johns.  Fortunately, the #1-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team (10-0) suffered from no such confusion, jumping right in with a 25-10 win in the first set, and following that with  25-18, 25-19 margins in the second and third sets, for their second sweep of the weekend (they have swept all of their opponents).

Once again, 6-3 So. MB Haleigh Washington put up stellar numbers, totaling a match-high 11 blocks (the second highest three-set match total in Penn State history, according to

6-4 RS Sr. RS/Opp Aiyana Whitney registered a team-high 11 kills (.500 attack %) with 4 blocks.  6-2 Sr. OH Megan Courtney’s 10 digs led the team and her 5 blocks ranked second.  The Nittany Lions, with 6-0 RS Fr. setter Bryanna Weiskircher guiding the offense, hit .377 as a team.   Weiskircher totaled 4 kills, 4 blocks, and 2 service aces.  Two other players — 5-8 Fr. setter Wilma Rivera and 5-5 Sr. DS Kendall Pierce also tallied 2 aces in the match.

The Red Storm were led by Fr. OH Pelin Aroguz’s 13 kills. Sr. setter Deniz Mutlugil totaled 23 assists and added 4 digs. St. Johns’ head coach Joanne Persico had this to say following the match:

It was a tremendous experience to go up against the seven-time NCAA Champions and I am proud of the way we competed as a whole. Playing three top-15 teams in our preseason, along with three talented California squads has prepared us for the BIG EAST Conference.



Match Stats

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