A pair of Penn State women’s volleyball players contributed to a couple of international wins.
Tori Gorrell helped the Big Ten team to a 4-1 victory over the Russian Federation team in Maribor, Slovenia. The redshirt sophomore middle hitter played two sets and was a perfect 2 for 2 in her swings while adding three blocks, a dig and an ace.
The Big Ten team, with one representative from each of the conference’s 14 members, improved its record to 2-2 and continues its tour of Europe against the Croatian Senior National team Friday.
In Canete, Peru, Micha Hancock helped the U.S. national team to a sweep of Argentina and finish pool play with a perfect 5-0 record at the Pan American Cup on Wednesday. With the 27-25, 25-14, 25-23 win, the U.S. heads to the semifinals Saturday to face a to-be-determined opponent.
Hancock, a 2014 Penn State graduate, posted two kills, two aces and a block while directing the offense to a .243 hitting performance. The Nittany Lions’ all-time service ace leader now has 27 aces for the tournament.
Megan Courtney is also on the U.S. roster but did not play Wednesday.
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299 student-athletes earn academic honors
A record-tying 299 Penn State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors this past school year, according to the university, which ties the overall record high that was set last year.
Since joining the Big Ten in 1991-92, the Nittany Lions have produced 5,875 Academic All-Big Ten selections — the second-most in the conference behind Ohio State, which has had 5,887 such honorees.