AUSTIN, Texas The Penn State women’s volleyball team bounced back from its first loss of the season to sweep past Florida in the final day of the Nike Big Four Challenge.
The No. 1 Nittany Lions (3-1) dropped the No. 8 Gators 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 Sunday morning at Texas’ Gregory Gym. The four-year run for the event, which also featured Stanford and the Longhorns, closes. Texas beat Penn State in five sets on Saturday.
In Sunday’s win, Megan Courtney posted a match- and season-high 11 kills to go with a team-high 12 digs. Paulina Prieto Cerame added nine kills and Nia Grant had eight. Micha Hancock delivered five aces from the service line to go with 29 assists and three blocks. Katie Slay also had three blocks and Dominique Gonzalez had 11 digs.
The Gators (5-1) got 10 kills from Chloe Mann and 14 digs from Taylor Unroe while they hit .194.
Penn State, which hit .303, had a 42-34 advantage in kills and a 9-1 edge in aces.
UConn slips away in OT
UNIVERSITY PARK Penn State forced overtime with a goal in the final two minutes, but Connecticut’s Marie Elena Bolles scored to give the Huskies a 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex.
Taylor Herold scored twice — including the goal to force the extera session of 7-on-7 play — and Whitney Reddig scored once as well as setting Herold up on the tying goal.
Chloe Hunnable scored once and Roisin Upton twice in regulation for the No. 4 Huskies (3-0).
The No. 6 Nittany Lions (1-3) lost despite holding a 23-12 advantage in shots and a 15-8 margin in penalty corners. Penn State travels to Lock Haven on Wednesday.
Red Storm drench Lions
NEW YORK Defender Casey Osborne netted the only goal of the night as No. 23 St. John’s shut down Penn State 1-0 Sunday night.
Osborne converted from three yards out in a scramble in front of the net after Tim Parker’s corner kick in the 43rd minute.
Andrew Wolverton made two saves for the Nittany Lions (2-2).
PSU tied for seventh
INDEPENDENCE, Minn. Penn State is tied for seventh after the first two rounds of the Gopher Invitational on Sunday.
The Nittany Lions posted rounds of 292 and 289 for a 13-over 581 total, tied with Notre Dame in the 12-team field. New Mexico leads at 3-under 565 at Windsong Farm Golf Club.
JD Dormes leads Penn State at 141 to tie for eighth. He is followed by Chris Houston (tie-21, 146), Xander McDonald-Smith and Jens Talbert (tie-27, 147) and Geoff Vartelas (tie-62, 161).