Penn State volleyball: Nittany Lions post two dominating victories

The top-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team closed its non-conference schedule with two more decisive wins Saturday at Rec Hall.

The day closed with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-6 sweep of Yale as the No. 1 Nittany Lions hit a solid .427.

Ariel Scott’s 13 kills on .550 hitting, Megan Courtney’s 11 kills and four blocks and Deja McClendon’s nine kills led the Nittany Lions (9-1). Katie Slay added eight kills while hitting .636 and five blocks, Micha Hancock distributed 32 assists and Dominique Gonzalez recorded 16 digs.

Penn State held a 54-23 advantage in kills, an 8-0 blocking edge and held the Bulldogs (6-1) to .088 hitting.

The Nittany Lions cruised through their opening match of the day, dropping Eastern Kentucky 25-10, 25-8, 25-19.

Slay led with 11 kills on .625 hitting and five blocks, while Scott and McClendon each added 10 kills. Hancock posted 39 assists and four aces, and Gonzalez collected 20 digs.

Penn State hit .440 in the match to .045 for Eastern Kentucky.

In Friday’s 25-8, 25-6, 25-4 win against Albany, an NCAA Tournament team last season, the 18 points for the Great Danes was the fewest surrendered by Penn State since rally scoring began in 2001. The previous low was 22 points scored by Buffalo in 2009.

The Nittany Lions begin Big Ten action next weekend, hosting No. 14 Michigan State and No. 10 Michigan at Rec Hall.