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Penn State women’s volleyball drops 2 spots in AVCA Coaches Poll after 1st unranked defeat

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Penn State women's volleyball vs. Illinois

Defensive specialist Cassie Kuerschen (12) dives for the ball during the Penn State women's volleyball game against Illinois at Rec Hall on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 in University Park, Pa. Illinois beat Penn State 3-1.

After being defeated by now-No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 13 Penn State looked to head into the Halloween weekend with a chance to rebound against unranked Illinois and Maryland.

Unfortunately for Russ Rose and company, this was not the case.

Due to a weekend of inconsistency, the Nittany Lions drop two spots to No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

Penn State defeated Maryland on Oct. 29 but failed to secure victory over Illinois team a day later — only the team’s third home loss to the Illini since 1998.

The blue and white are the sixth-highest Big Ten squad in the coaches top 25, behind No. 11 Minnesota, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 8 Purdue, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 4 Wisconsin. 


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Nate Lather is a men's hockey reporter at The Daily Collegian. He is a sophomore majoring in journalism.

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