Looking at Friday’s action in Penn State sports:
No. 2 Nittany Lions hold off upset-minded No. 10 Spartans
The Penn State women’s volleyball team was not about to let Michigan State score another upset win.
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Behind 17 kills from Simone Lee and 14 from Haleigh Washington, the No. 2 Nittany Lions dropped the No. 10 Spartans 25-18, 15-25, 30-28, 25-18 Friday night at Rec Hall.
Michigan State (12-4, 5-2) had knocked off top-10 Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Minnesota on the road in late September.
Heidi Thelen added nine kills for the Nittany Lions (16-1, 6-1), Washington posted four blocks, Lee and Kendall White each had 13 digs, Abby Detering added 11 digs and 23 assists, and Bryanna Weiskircher gave out 25 assists.
The Spartans were led by Autumn Bailey’s 17 kills and had more kills (59-54), digs (61-55) and aces (5-3), and matched the Lions in blocks 8-8. Penn State outhit the Spartans .257-221, and hosts Michigan on Saturday.
PSU sits in 1st
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. The Penn State men’s golf team finished 11-under as a team on the first day at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, putting them in first place over runner-up Tennessee by three strokes.
Junior JD Hughes is the overall leader on the individual side after shooting a career-best 6-under round of 66. Hughes has a one-stoke lead over UNC-Wilimington’s Patrick Cover, Luis Ruiz of Coastal Carolina and Tennessee’s Sean Wilcox.
Nittany Lions go 1-2
UNIVERSITY PARK The Penn State men’s and women’s teams hosted the Penn State National Open on Senior Day — and the women claimed the title, while the men finishd second.
Oklahoma State won the men’s race.
Jillian Hunsberger pace the women’s team with a second-place finish in 20 minutes, 22 seconds, with teammate Kathryn Munks finishing third one second later. Colin Abert was the highest finishing men’s runner with a third-place time of 25:19.
PSU scoreless in loss
UNIVERSITY PARK The Penn State women’s hockey team managed 16 shots — compared to Clarkson’s 23 — but the Nittany Lions couldn’t get any to drop Friday night in a 2-0 loss.
Loren Gabel scored for Clarkson at the 11:15 minute mark of the first period, while the last goal didn’t come until 27 seconds left in the game. Clarkson goalie Shea Tiley had 18 saves.
Penn State will face Clarkson again at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Up-and-down day for Lions
BLACKSBURG, Va. Penn State’s two singles players both dropped a match in the qualifying round Friday, while one of the two doubles pairings who played came away with a win.
Frederikke Svarre and Hanna Wikberg defeated their Richmond opponents 8-7(4).
Play continues Saturday.