Match Preview: Indiana vs. Penn State (with Video, Stats, and Rosters)



The Match: Penn State (17-4; 7-3 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (17-5, 5-5 Big Ten)

Where and WhenUniversity Park, PA, Rec Hall, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

Media Coverage: Game Tracker; Streamed live on the, and re-aired on the Big Ten Network Monday, Nov. 1 at 2 pm.  You also can log on to for a free, live broadcast of the match.

Match Snapshot:

If the Nittany Lions think Indiana’s victory over Penn State was a fluke, they should think again.  Not only did the Hoosiers knock off the Nittany Lions when they met in Bloomington, IN, they have won five of their last six matches and are one of five Big Ten teams that are tied for  fourth place in the conference.  That’s alot of teams tied for fourth place.   Two more big victories for Indiana came this past past weekend, when Indiana swept then-No. 13 Michigan and also swept Michigan State.  The victory over Michigan was Indiana’s first since 2006.   6-3 Sr. MB Ashley Benson was named the Big Ten’s Defenisve Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.   

Benson has 569 career blocks and will be looking for more on Friday.  She also has a .333 career hitting percentage, and 1,316 career kills.  5-2 Jr. L Caitlin Cox needs only 119 more digs to move into second place on Indiana’s all-time list.  6-3 Jr. S Mary Chaudoin’s 2,158 career assists place her 7th on Indiana’s all-time list, and 6-1 Sr. MB Taylor Wittmer’s 353 career blocks place her 8th all-time.

For Penn State, which is coming off a solid 3-0 sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats last Saturday, 6-5 Sr. Opp. Blair Brown is averaging a team-best 3.73 kills/set, followed by 6-1 Fr. OH Deja McClendon at 3.52 kills/set and 6-3 Sr. MH Arielle Wilson at 2.79 kills/set.  So. S.  Kristin Carpenter averages 10.68 assists/set, 5-9 Sr. L Alyssa D’Errico leads the team with 3.94 digs/set Wilson is tops on the team with  1.24 blocks/set followed by 6-3 Sr. MH Fatima Balza (1.24 blocks/set) and 6-6 Fr. OH Katie Slay (1.39 blocks/set).

Here’s Penn State Assistant Coach Dennis Hohenshelt, courtesy of, giving his thoughts on the match (and Saturday’s match with Purdue):

Rosters and Stats

Here are the Rosters for the Nittany Lions and the Hoosiers, followed by NCAA statistical rankings of the two teams and their players:

Penn State

2010 Team Roster

NumberName PositionEligibilityHeightHometownState/Nation
1Ariel Scott

MHFr.6-5RidgewoodNew Jersey
2 Katie Kabbes OHJr.6-5RaleighNorth Carolina
3Fatima Balza MHSr.6-3MeridaVenezuela
4Jessica Ullrich DSSr.5-8WinfieldIllinois
5Kristin Carpenter S/DSSo.5-6MechanicsvilleVirginia
6Maddie MartinOHFr.6-2TampaFlorida
7Arielle Wilson MHSr.6-3BroadviewIllinois
8Erica Denny
9Blair Brown MH/OppSr. (RS)6-5 Purcellville Virginia
10Marika Racibarskas SSo.6-0ChathamNew Jersey
11Darcy Dorton

12Alyssa D'Errico L/DSSr.5-9ByronNew York
13 Megan Shifflett DS/SJr.5-6Falls ChurchVirginia
14Cathy QuilicoL/DSSr.5-1Thousand OaksCalifornia
15Maggie HardingDSFr.5-6State CollegePennsylvania
16Katie Slay
MHFr.6-6RaleighNorth Carolina
18Deja McClendon

19Krosby Pabst DSFr.5-7Long BeachCalifornia
22Mikinzie MoydellSFr.6-0Parker Colorado
23Ali LongoDSFr.5-6ChatfieldColorado


No. Name Pos.   Yr. Ht. Hometown/High School
10   Benson, Ashley Middle Blocker   SR   6-3 Bloomington, Ind./North H.S.
8   Chaudoin, Mary Setter   JR   6-3 Peachtree City, Ga./Starrs Mill
1   Cox, Caitlin Libero   JR   5-2 Springport, Ind./New Castle Chrysler
13   Enterline, Lindsay Outside Hitter   RS SO   6-0 Monroeville, Ind./Heritage
5   Granado, Whitney Setter   SO   5-9 Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian
12   Hansen, Caitlin Defensive Specialist   FR   5-4 Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli
2   Haverly, Jordan Outside Hitter   SO   6-1 Cherry Valley, Ill./Rockford Keith Country Day
15   Henderson, Jade Outside Hitter   FR   5-10 Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy
7   Hicks, Melanie Defensive Specialist   FR   5-7 Louisville, Ky./Assumption
11   Marschall, Kelci Right-side Hitter   SO   6-2 New London, Ohio/Wooster
16   Matula, Laura Defensive Specialist   SO   5-6 Munster, Ind./Munster
3   Obeime, Ivie Outside Hitter   SO   5-9 Carmel, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory
20   Thrower, Samantha Middle Blocker   SO   6-2 Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore
9   Wittmer, Taylor Middle Blocker/Right-side   SR   6-1 Loogootee, Ind./Loogootee