The No. 2 Penn State women's volleyball team dropped its match with No. 3 Stanford on Friday, 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-27, 18-25).
Neither team played particularly well. The Nittany Lions only managed to hit .142, their worst offensive performance of the season. Stanford countered by hitting .224, which was slightly more effective.
Slay was the Lions most valuable player Friday. The sophomore middle hitter hit .409 with 11 kills and two assisted blocks at the net. No one else even came close.
Sophomore outside hitters Deja McClendon and Maddie Martin saw the most swings, but neither hit efficiently. McClendon tallied 12 errors on top of 17 kills, totaling just a .100 hitting percentage. With almost three times as many total blocks, McClendon and Martin were swinging into Cardinal hands all night.
Sophomore outside hitter Ariel Scott continued to struggle with unimpressive numbers Friday. She hit .120 with nine kills and six errors. Rose's patience with her with may finally have worn thin, demonstrated by his use of Martin on the attack. Before the Lions' match with Stanford, Martin didn't have more than 19 swings in a single match. On Friday, she had 44.
Junior Kristin Carpenter dug out 16 attempted kills from the Cardinal, a match-high.
Redshirt sophomore Darcy Dorton did see some rallies Friday, but at the end of the night her stat line consisted of zeros across the board.
The Lions will take the court again Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. to play either No. 7 Florida or No. 10 Texas.