COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Penn State women’s volleyball team Locked up its 16th Big Ten title outright Wednesday night with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-8 domination of Ohio State.
The eight-point third-set total for the Buckeyes (17-14, 5-14), begun with a 14-1 lead to open the set for the Nittany Lions, is a season-low point total allowed by Penn State in conference play this season. The team has won or shared the conference crown 10 of the last 11 seasons.
A double-double of 11 kills and a match-high 14 digs for Deja McClendon paced the offense for the No. 2 Nittany Lions (27-2, 18-1), who close the regular season Saturday night at No. 10 Nebraska.
Penn State also got seven kills and seven blocks from Katie Slay, eight kills from Ariel Scott, six kills and five blocks from Megan Courtney, six kills for Nia Grant, 28 assists from Micha Hancock and 10 digs from Dominique Gonzalez.Kaitlyn Leary’s five kills led the Buckeyes, who were held to minus-,078 hitting, outblocked 11.5 to 4 and trailed in digs 39-18. Penn State hit .330.