Penn State Volleyball

Penn State women’s volleyball: Northwestern stuns Nittany Lions in 5 sets

The Penn State women’s volleyball team suffered a rare loss to Northwestern on Saturday night.

An inconsistent night offensively led to the 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 17-25, 15-12 Wildcat victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

It was just the ninth win for Northwestern in 57 meetings between the teams, and the first since 2002. Penn State had dominated the series with 28 straight wins, with all but four of them 3-0 sweeps.

Megan Courtney had 14 kills and 23 digs for the Nittany Lions (15-2), Simone Lee also had 14 kills and Aiyana Whitney added 13 kills and five blocks. Haleigh Washington posted nine kills and eight blocks, Bryana Weiskircher had 43 assists and 17 digs and Keeton Holcomb posted 15 digs.

Symone Abbott’s 17 kills, Kayla Morin’s 15 kills and 14 digs, Maddie Slater’s 10 kills and seven blocks and Caroline Niedospial’s 21 digs led the Wildcats (11-6).

Penn State hit .193 to Northwestern’s .211 and won the blocking battle 14-8, while the Wildcats led in digs 75-68 and in kills 67-56.

The Nittany Lions host Indiana and Purdue next weekend.