After losing both their undefeated conference record and the top ranking in the country, the Penn State women's volleyball team rebounded against No. 10 Minnesota Friday night in Rec Hall.
The No. 3 Nittany Lions (22-2, 12-1 Big Ten) took an early 2-0 lead, then eventually closed out the Golden Gophers (19-5, 10-3) in four sets.
Ariel Scott was dominant offensively, at one point having more kills than the entire Minnesota team, eventually piling up 20 kills in the match.
Sophomore Micha Hancock has frequently been plagued by service errors, and the problem continued Friday with her committing five more errors. But the high-risk, high-reward Hancock had a career high-matching seven service aces to redeem herself.
Penn State and Minnesota had nearly identical hitting percentages - .204 and .207 respectively - but the Lions' extra opportunities proved to be the difference
Penn State's win coupled with Nebraska's loss on Friday night gives the Lions a more comfortable two-match lead in the Big Ten with seven matches to play.