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Ducks Down Lions

December 14, 2012

Tournament Central

On Wednesday, Russ Rose said in an interview that the thing he remembered from Penn State’s 2011 season opening loss to Oregon was that the Nittany Lions won the statistical battle, but lost the match.  This time, with the exception of blocking (Penn State totaled 19.5 blocks to 10.0 for the Ducks), Penn State lost both, as Oregon defeated Penn State 3-1 (25-21, 28-30, 22-25, 19-25), with the Oregon hitting .170 to Penn State’s .165, and Oregon totalling  63 kills, six aces and 80 digs to Penn State’s 52 kills, six aces and 67 digs.

After starting slowly, 6-4 Jr. Opp/RS Ariel Scott led all players with 18 kill.  6-1 Jr. OH Deja McClendon totaled 14, along with 3 service aces and 12 digs.  5-11 So. S Micha Hancock delivered 45 assists and 12 digs (and was out with an injury of some kind in the second set for a number of points.  After reentering the match, she couldn’t jump serve). 5-6 So. L  Dominique Gonzalez topped all players with 22 digs. 6-2 Fr. OH Megan Courtney and 6-6 Jr. MH Katie Slay tied for the team lead in blocks with 8 each.

We knew Oregon was a very good defensive team, but their defense really was extraordinary, as was their passing.  Lauren Plum and Alaina Bergsma were as good as advertised.  Looking ahead, Penn State returns all its starters (four of whom earned AVCA All-American honors in 2012).  But that’s next year.  There’s no getting around the fact that 2012 ended on a disappointing note.  Still, we appreciate the hard work and dedication from all the players during the 2012 season.  Thanks to all of you.


6 Responses to Ducks Down Lions

  1. Lkwdlionvb on December 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Its a wrap alright, but an unsettling wrap..why? Because after two sets it was Penn State up 2-0..thats a fact except for a badly blown call. This isnt sour grapes..anytime anything that involves humans things can happen..& this is volleyball not brain surgery. But top-shelf vb deserves adequate officiating. The LIONS clearly won set two..how could an official blow it? Im not talking fingernail touch or did it graze the line..Im talking fingers hooked over the net & Karch stating the Duck also fell into the net. The LIONS still may have lost the match..the officials denied them what they fought so hard to overcome & if the Ducks are true competitors they know the official denied them the chance to beat Penn State. . . . [edited by nyline] RR said he cant comment on the officiating..that says it all! Im not angry..the LIONS will win again & lose again..I liked their chances up 2-0. We’ll never know..Its not sourgrapes! GO LIONS! !!!!

    • nyline on December 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      If the bad call had happened when the score was 5-4, noone would care. If Penn State hadn’t fallen behind 20-10, noone would have cared. The bad call didn’t cost them the set or the match. Poor play (or at least better play by Oregon) did cost them the match.

  2. seeyajohn on December 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    But the call DID come at set point and DID cost PSU the set! Add in the injury to Micha and you have some tough luck that clearly impacted the final outcome.

    • nyline on December 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      They had chances to win the set. They didn’t take advantage of those chances. I suspect Russ Rose would say that too — that is, his players shouldn’t (and he wouldn’t) rely on officiating mistakes to excuse/explain away a loss.

  3. Lkwdlionvb on December 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    nyline please dont take this response personally..I dont get your comment at all. The blown call DID cost them the set. What you suggest is volleyball should have a “mercy rule”..PSUs behind by 10 call thr set & go to the locker room..are kidding! Thats the beauty of competive sport..the comeback!!! Based on your statement the LIONS shouldnt have won the NC in 2009! I clearly stated that the LIONS may have legitimately lost the match..Oregon is good team. They have now seen the video..heard Karchs words & know they were down 2. No true athlete wants to win that way! No endevore is perfect..a timeout can correct problems..or why bother..No you couldnt be more wrong..the blown call was blatant..I like the LIONS chances up 2-0..Texas didnt get the best opponent! Speaking of mighty Texas..against Michigan a blown call could have changed around that 5 set match..would Michigan be proud? HAPPY NEW YEAR! GO LIONS! !!!!

    • nyline on December 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Actually, I’ll bet, if I tried, I could be more wrong :)

      Safe holidays to all.

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