Lions Fight Back for 3-1 Win over Wolverines

keen-arena-header_650Michigan was jumpin’ after taking set one from the Nittany Lions

Courtney and McClendon Lead Lions in Ann Arbor

When 6-2 So. OH Megan Courtney is ready to go and on her game, she can be a big time force.  She was that, and more, tonight against the Michigan Wolverines, totaling 17 kills (.395 attack %), seven blocks, and nine digs. 6-1 Sr. OH Deja McClendon wasn’t bad either, registering 14 kills and 12 digs, after a somewhat shakey start in which Michigan blocked her first two attacks and she missed her first serve.  6-4 Sr. RS/Opp Ariel Scott put down 11 kills on .212 hitting.  6-6 Sr. MH Katie Slay totaled 7 blocks, while 5-6 Jr. libero Dominique Gonzalez led the team with 18 digs.

Michigan took the first set 25-16, jumping out to an 8-1 lead, and out blocking Penn State 7 to 2. Penn State reversed that in the second set, with 6 blocks to the Wolverines 1, to take the set 25-22. Penn State opened the third set with a 5-0 run, but Michigan fought back to tie at 11-11, and kept it close until Courtney and Slay blocked Jennifer Cross to give the Nittany Lions a 20-16 lead. A kill by Ariel Scott made the score 24-20, and a Hancock block of Molly Toon closed out the set. The Wolverines never really threatened the Nittany Lions in the fourth set (in which Penn State hit .485), as Penn State closed out the match with a 25-16 win.

Penn State (19-2, 10-1) extended its winning streak to 10 consecutive matches, defeating Michigan (14-8, 4-7) in four sets (16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-16) on the road Friday evening at Cliff Keen Arena.

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