Playing Like Champions, Penn State Wins!

Down two sets to none, the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team could have folded, and let the Texas Longhorns walk off with the National Championship. But Megan Hodge, Alisha Glass, Arielle Wilson, Blair Brown, Alyssa D’Errico, Cathy Quilico, Fatima Balza, Kelsey Ream, Kristin Carpenter, and Megan Shifflett refused to lose, played with determination and heart, and won the next three sets to win a third consecutive National title.

This was a season of superlatives, but none shone any brighter than tonight’s come-from-behind victory. It was a great, great, match by both teams, and every player has much to be proud of.

Here’s a link to the post-match press conference with Head Coach Russ Rose, Megan Hodge, Alyssa D’Errico, Alisha Glass, and Arielle Wilson.

Two of our favorite quotes from the press conference:

Russ Rose: “I don’t look back. I’ve got a cigar with my name on it out there tonight. So I’m not looking back.”

Megan Hodge (asked to compare her performance with Destinee Hooker’s performance): I would say physically she took over the match and did a great job for her team. Her athletic ability is all world.”

And here are some stats, and a huge THANK YOU to all of the Penn State players for giving us such a great season to enjoy and remember.

Love, peace and volleyball.