After a split weekend, with a loss to No.7 Illinois and a win against Northwestern, Penn State fell out of the AVCA coaches poll top-10 for the first time all season and now sit at No. 12 in the poll.
Southern California moved into first this week and a whopping eight teams received first-place votes including No. 8 Purdue which faces the Nittany Lions this Saturday in Happy Valley.
The entire poll can be viewed here: http://www.avca.org/divisions/division-one-women/poll-11-14-11/
On a brighter note for Penn State, both sophomore outside hitter Deja McClendon and freshman setter Micha Hancock got weekly recognition from the Big Ten conference.
McClendon was named Big Ten Player of the Week after strong outings against the Illini and Wildcats. After registering 17 kills on Friday night against Illinois, McClendon put down 20 kills on Saturday in Evanston, Ill. She ended up with a combined .395 hitting percentage on the weekend and also dug 13 balls in the two matches.
Meanwhile, Hancock was named co-Freshman of the Week in the Big Ten alongside Michigan setter Lexi Dannemiller. Hancock ended the weekend with 77 assists and also helped Penn State hit .346 against Northwestern. The freshman also had five aces and nine digs over the weekend.