No. 9 Penn State women’s volleyball beat No. 17 Purdue 3-1 (26-28, 26-24, 25-22, 25-21) Wednesday night at Holloway Gymnasium.
Jonni Parker set a new career high with 18 kills in the victory, while Bryanna Weiskircher, Taylor Leath, and Kendall White all turned in equally impressive performances.
Weiskircher finished with a season-high 50 assists, 10 digs, and five kills against the Boilermakers. Leath tallied a double-double of her own with 13 kills and 11 digs in West Lafayette. White was downright phenomenal with a season-high 27 digs and five assists.
Freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn Hord was unavailable against the Boilermakers, so redshirt junior Tori Gorrell made the start in her place. Versatile front-row player Amanda Phegley also saw time at middle blocker, recording a career-high six kills on just nine swings.
Nia Reed and Serena Gray combined for 18 kills to cap the scoring for the Nittany Lions, who hit .246 as a team and outblocked Purdue 13-6. Both delivered a team-high four blocks in Penn State’s fifth straight conference win. Freshman defensive specialist played another solid match with 10 digs.
The Nittany Lions (14-3) return to Rec Hall Saturday at 8 p.m. when they host No. 5 Nebraska in a televised match on Big Ten Network.