The No. 1 Nittany Lions (17-1, 7-0 Big Ten) swept No. 17 Purdue last evening 3-0 to remain undefeated in conference play and at home.
Junior outsider hitter Deja McClendon led the way for the Lions with 12 kills, while Ariel Scott, Katie Slay, and Megan Courtney each registered nine kills apiece. As a unit, the squad registered a .393 hitting percentage, while Slay shined with a .750 clip, connecting on nine of her 12 attacks.
The Lions passed the ball well and recorded 42 assists, 14 more than the Boilermakers could post. Sophomore setter Micha Hancock tallied 38 dimes and recorded a service ace — one of four that the team had.
Since conference play began almost a month ago with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Nebraska, the Lions have been running through opponents in a very tough Big Ten conference. According to the most recent rankings released by the NCAA last Monday, seven Big Ten schools are ranked in the Top 25. In conference play this season, the Lions have won their matches by a combined set score of 21-4 — including a 3-0 sweep on the road at No. 10 Minnesota.
With the 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 win over the Boilermakers, the Lions remain perfect at Rec Hall this season. Much like their domination in the conference, the Lions have only dropped four sets at home as well, with two of them coming to No. 4 Stanford in the squad’s 3-2 win over the Cardinal in the first weekend of September.
Tonight the Lions will host Indiana at 7 in hopes of remaining unbeaten in conference play. A win would put the Lions on a 12-game win streak heading back to the road for a Wednesday night affair at No. 19 Ohio State.