The No. 9 Penn State women’s volleyball team knocked off Wisconsin on Friday, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22).
The Nittany Lion blockers were on their game. Katie Slay and Ariel Scott dominated the net with 3.5 and 3 blocks, respectively. Penn State as a team totaled 11.5 blocks.
Slay also had a solid night attacking. She had 8 kills on 9 swings, including her second service ace of the season for match point. Deja McClendon and Scott were streaky on the outside, so Slay’s strong night helped carry the offensive load.
The Lions tallied 18 attack errors, four receiving errors and a blocking error, and coach Russ Rose could find few positives to discuss after the match.
“I thought it was two really young teams playing young volleyball out there,” Rose said. “There were a lot of errors. I thought Katie Slay played well, but after that it was typical of how we practiced and how we played. I’m not real high on it, to be quite frank.”
Darcy Dorton, who played extensively against Iowa last week, entered early in the first set. However, she didn’t stay in long. After missing two kills, Rose pulled the redshirt sophomore for the rest of the match.
The Lions (8-4) will take on No. 10 Minnesota (8-4) Saturday at 6 p.m. in Rec Hall. The Golden Gophers have lost two of their last three. They were swept by No. 24 Ohio State on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio., and will now travel straight to University Park.
Check Roll Up The Score for live coverage tomorrow and Monday’s Collegian for full coverage of this weekend’s matches.