For the second time in eight days, the Penn State women’s volleyball team got the best of its biggest national rival.
The No. 3 Nittany Lions edged No. 4 Stanford in five sets in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge on Saturday night at Huff Hall, matching two programs that share the NCAA record for most Division I national championships with seven.
Simone Lee’s 21 kills and Ali Frantti’s 20 kills paced Penn State in the 24-26, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11 victory. Penn State won in four sets over the Cardinal last weekend at Texas A&M’s tournament.
Haleigh Washington posted 11 kills and 10 blocks, with the Lions winning the blocking battle 20-12. Heidi Thelen and Tori Gorrell each added seven total blocks. Kendall White picked up 22 digs with 12 for Bryanna Weiskircher, and Weiskircher and Abby Detering had 29 and 26 assists, respectively.
Kathryn Plummer’s 20 kills led the Cardinal (5-2), the defending national champions.
The Nittany Lions (7-0) host Yale on Friday in their first match of the season in Rec Hall.