UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State womens volleyball team put together a strong all-around effort Sunday afternoon to sweep past Wisconsin at Rec Hall.
With the 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 victory, the No. 3 Nittany Lions strenghtened their lead in the Big Ten and figure to move up to No. 2 in the national rankings. No 4 Nebraska lost twice this past weekend to drop into third place in the conference rankings, and current No. 2 Oregon also lost twice.
Ariel Scott knocked down 14 kills while Megan Courtney and Deja McClendon each added nine kills and Katie Slay posted eight.Courtney also led with four blocks, Micha Hancock had 40 assists, 11 digs and a pair of aces and Dominique Gonzalez also recorded 11 digs.
Following a sub-par performance against No. 10 Minnesota on Friday in a 3-1 win, Penn State hit .306 while holding the Badgers to .219 hitting, and held a 47-37 advantage in kills, a 48-41 edge in digs and a 6-2 margin in aces. Wisconsin did outblock Penn State 10-6.5.
The Nittany Lions had 27 hitting and 12 service errors against the Gophers on Friday but just 13 hitting and five service errors against the Badgers.
Penn State (23-2, 13-1) remains home this week, hosting Illinois on Thursday.