After a strong performance this past weekend in two Penn State wins, right-side hitter Ariel Scott claimed her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award.
Scott, a junior, compiled game-high totals in kills both Friday and Sunday, with 20 against No. 10 Minnesota and 14 against Wisconsin.
Following Sunday’s match, Scott brushed off compliments and instead patted teammate Micha Hancock on the back for her performance.
Coincidentally, Hancock, a sophomore, was also rewarded with an accolade for her weekend performance - co-Big Ten Setter of the Week. This is Hancock’s fifth such award this season.
Hancock averaged 3.71 digs, 1.29 aces and more than 12 assists per set in the pair of wins.
During the weekend, the Nittany Lions padded their first-place lead atop the Big Ten conference, as they now hold a 13-1 in-conference record. Second-place Minnesota is two games back with an 11-3 record in the Big Ten.
Later Monday, the NCAA will announce the latest results of the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, which currently has the Lions sitting at No. 3, below No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Oregon.
The rankings are likely to bump the Lions back to No. 2, given top-ranked Stanford’s defeat of the Ducks on Sunday, 3-0.