The fifth-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team (5-3) earned a 3-0 (29-27, 25-8, 25-13) victory against Long Island (3-8) on Friday evening. Sophomore Deja McClendon (Louisville, Ky.) led the team with nine kills on .438 hitting, while sophomore Ariel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) had eight kills each. Freshman Aiyana Whitney (Norwood, N.J.) rounded out the top hitters with six kills on .500 hitting.
The Michigan State volleyball team (9-1) continued its home win streak with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-18) sweep over Ball State on Friday night inside Jenison Field House. The win marked MSU’s fifth straight at home, and fourth straight in 2011. Senior Becca Zlabis and sophomore Kelsey Kuipers led MSU at the net with two solo blocks each. “The team did a real nice job tonight in making adjustments,” MSU coach Cathy George said. “When we began to struggle in the first and second sets, they rallied together to take care of business, the way a veteran team should.”
The latest AVCA volleyball Top 25 is out, and the Big Ten has seven teams on the list, including three in the top ten. The Big Ten was already a power volleyball conference, but the addition of traditional power Nebraska this fall only boosts that. Two more schools are listed as also receiving votes. The poll comes out on Mondays. Check out the entire list over at AVCA.org.
In a match-up between the #1 and #2 ranked volleyball teams in the nation, top-ranked Penn State found themselves down two sets to second-ranked USC before rallying to defeat the visiting Trojans in five sets (21-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-8). In the other game of the night, Minnesota rebounded from a Friday loss to USC by defeating Oregon in five sets, giving the Big Ten a pair of victories over their Pac-12 opponents. Watch now for a recap and highlights of the action.