Nia Grant: Aside from two service errors and two attack errors, Grant played a strong match. The freshman had 10 kills and hit a team-best hitting percentage of .500 and also had two and a half blocks in the Lions five set loss.
Hancock's serve: Micha Hancock's serve was great all night on Saturday. Hancock had a career best seven aces and did not record a service error. Her serve also kept the Fighting Illini on their toes and her aces excited the Rec Hall crowd.
Errors: The Nittany Lions made a total of 55 errors (39 attack, five service, eight receiving, one blocking and two ball handling) against Illinois and it really cost the team down the stretch. With the fifth set tied at 11, the Lions gave the Illini their last four points all on errors to lose the set 15-12.
Aiyana Whitney: Whitney made more attack errors (6) than kills (4) on 29 swings for a -.069 hitting percentage.
Will Deja McClendon turn it around?: McClendon was second on the team with 12 kills against Illinois, but she had nine errors and hit .060. In the last three matches, McClendon has hit under .100 twice and hasn't looked like the player that was named a second team All-American last year.