EVANSTON, Ill. — Penn State women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose reached a major career milestone Sunday afternoon as his Nittany Lions swept Northwestern 25-17, 25-15, 25-17.
The outcome was his 1,107th coaching victory to place him No. 2 all-time on the NCAA Divison I list, passing retired UCLA coach Andy Banachowski’s 1,106. Hawaii coach Dave Shoji passed Banachowski earlier in the season and has 1,119 wins to lead Division I.
Rose also moved into fourth place in all NCAA Divisions, trailing former Juniata leader and current Navy coach Larry Bock (1,277), Peggy Martin (1,169), who is now at an NAIA school, and Shoji.
The No. 4 Nittany Lions (16-2, 7-1), who have won seven straight, also moved into first place in the Big Ten after Michigan State lost 3-1 to Wisconsin for the Spartans’ second straight loss. Penn State also has won 21 straight matches over the Wildcats, with 20 by 3-0 sweeps.
Nia Grant’s 11 kills on .769 hitting and Megan Courtney’s 10 kills to go with seven digs led Penn State. Micha Hancock posted 36 assists, five blocks and two aces, while Katie Slay had eight blocks and Deja McClendon had nine digs.
As a team Penn State hit .385, held a 9-0 blocking advantage and a 42-31 kills margin while holding the Wildcats to .112 hitting.
The Nittany Lions host Ohio State on Wednesday night.