Black Friday for Badgers — Lions Win 3-1 in Madison

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

There is no such thing as a B1G Easy (outside of New Orleans).  The #1-ranked Penn State Women’s Volleyball team certainly knows that after last night’s 3-1 win over the #11-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (18-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-20).  The first set in particular, in which Penn State hit a season-low .032, underscored that truism.

But Penn State won the match in front of 6012 fans, and is now to 28-1 (18-1 in the B1G not-Easy) for the season, with a very tough Minnesota squad on tap this evening in Minneapolis.

6-1 Sr. OH Simone Lee (from relatively nearby Menominee Falls) led Penn State with 14 kills and 14 digs, chipping in 2 blocks.  6-1 Sr. OH Ali Frantti had a nice night offensively, with 11 kills, and added 8 digs.  6-3 Sr. MB Haleigh Washington turned in yet another solid performance, with 10 kills (.450 hitting) and 5 blocks, while 6-2 Sr. RS/Opp Heidi Thelen recorded 9 kills and 6 blocks.  6-2 RS So. MB Tori Gorrell totaled 6 kills and 6 blocks.  6-0 Sr. RS/setter Abby Detering recorded 26 assists and 9 digs, while her fellow setter, 6-0 RS Jr. Bryanna Weiskircher, dished 24 assists and recorded 4 aces (including back-to-back aces that clipped the net in almost exactly the same spot and dropped to the court in almost exactly the same spot).  5-5 So. libero Kendall White earned frequent compliments from BTN commentator (and former Wisconsin coach) Pete Waite, and finished with 13 digs.

Match Stats

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  • Wisconsin Field House, courtesy of Wikipedia
  • French Quarter of New Orleans. Night time on the tourist strip of Bourbon Street; 18 March 2010, by Infrogmation of New Orleans, attribution required (Multi-license with GFDL and Creative Commons CC-BY 3.0)