UW volleyball falls to powerful Penn State
Top-rated Penn State’s power was too much for the ninth-ranked University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team Friday night.
The Nittany Lions clinched a record fifth straight Big Ten title by pushing their record to 25-2 overall and 17-0 in the conference with a 30-28, 30-22, 24-30, 30-25 victory over second-place Badgers (22-4, 14-3).
“Penn State is a powerful team. They deserve a No. 1 ranking, and they certainly have a right to take the Big Ten championship,” Wisconsin coach Pete Waite said.
Wisconsin was unable to stop Penn State’s powerful offense as the Badgers’ recorded their second-lowest block total of the season at 7.5. Senior Taylor Reineke led the UW with seven blocks, while Brittney Dolgner added three stuffs.
The Nittany Lions nearly doubled up the Badgers with their 14 team blocks.
Penn State had three players in double-digit kills, led by a match-high 24 from Nicole Fawcett. Wisconsin was led by Brittney Dolgner with 20 kills, while Katherine Dykstra added 10 kills. The Nittany Lions totaled 74 team kills, while the Badgers put down 61 kills.