No. 9 Penn State knocked off No. 10 Minnesota in straight sets 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-20) on Saturday night in Rec Hall.
The Nittany Lion defense was strong at the net as Penn State came up with a total of 14.5 team blocks. Ariel Scott and Nia Grant each had 5 block assists and Katie slay had six block assists and also two solo blocks for Penn State (10-4, 3-1 Big Ten).
“I wish [tonight] was how we played all the time,” coach Russ Rose said. “I thought we did a nice job in a number of areas.”
Minnesota (8-5, 1-3 Big Ten) made mistakes all night. The Golden Gophers committed 21 attack errors, eight service errors and five reception errors in their three set loss.
Ariel Scott led the Lions in kills again with 14. Slay chipped in offensively with nine kills and Deja McClendon and senior Katie Kabbes split ten kills evenly. Penn State hit .289 as a team and had only eight hitting errors on 93 swings.
Minnesota led the second game 24-23, and served for set point, but Penn State rattled off three straight points to win 26-24.
Penn State hit .444 in the third set, and ended the match on a 17-7 run to bury the Gophers.