Penn State

Penn State Digest: Nittany Lions clinch Big Ten volleyball crown

BLOOMINGTON, Ind — The Penn State women’s volleyball team is officially back on top of the Big Ten.

The No. 2 Nittany Lions swept Indiana on Friday night 25-12, 25-18, 25-22 and, coupled with Nebraska’s loss to Minesota, clinched Penn State’s outright conference crown for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. The Cornhuskers had stopped the Lions’ run of eight straight last season.

Ariel Scott paced the offense for Penn State (26-2, 16-1 Big Ten) with 12 kills on .417 hitting, while Deja McClendon added 11 kills and Megan Courtney had seven. Nia Grant put up a defensive wall with eight blocks while Katie Slay posted five, Micha Hancock gave out 35 assists and Dominique Gonzalez grabbed eight digs.

The Nittany Lions hit .452 as a team with a 44-38 advantage in kills and a huge 13-2 edge in blocks. Indiana (12-17, 4-13) was held to .141 hitting.

The Nittany Lions visit Purdue tonight in their final road match of the regular season.

Women’s ice hockey

Holdcroft scores in PSU loss

WENTZVILLE, Mo. — State College product Jill Holdcroft scored Penn State’s lone goal as Lindenwood earned its first win of the season, beating Penn State 5-1 Friday.

Shannon Yoxheimer and Jordin Pardoski assisted on the power play goal, Holdcroft’s third score of the season, in the first period. The freshman also was 8-for-12 in faceoffs.

Nicole Paniccia made 32 saves, her eighth game this season with at least 30 stops for the Nittany Lions (4-8-1, 0-6-1 CHA).

Allysson Arcibal scored twice while Samantha Redick, Kendra Broad and Alison Wickenheiser all found the net for the Lions (1-10, 1-2) and Nicole Hensley made 15 saves.

The teams meet again at 3 p.m. today.

Men’s swiming

Lions earn four wins

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Penn State had four wins on the opening day of a meet against Virginia and Indiana on Friday.

Matt Saliq won the 200-yard butterfly and Shane Ryan took the 100 freestyle, while two relay teams also won as the Nittany Lions trail the Cavaliers 94-73 and the Hoosiers 84-83.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Ryan, Sean Grier, Andrew Sideras and Shane Austin won, as did the 400 medley relay team of Nate Savoy, James Wilson, Grier and Ryan.

Women’s swimming

PSU battling Indiana, Virginia

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Penn State’s Merritt Krawczyk wona race and helped a relay team to victory in a meet against Virginia and Indiana on Friday. The meet concludes today.

Krawczyk won the 200 individual medley, then joined Amy Modgin, Mackenzie Powers and Paige Whitmore to take the 400 medley relay.