In preconference tournaments, where teams play two matches in a day, the better teams typically play the lesser team in the matinee match, and then take on the better team in evening main event. On Saturday, both Hofstra (matinee) and Syracuse (evening) gave Penn State some problems, but Hofstra was the only team in the Syracuse classic to take a set off of the Nittany Lions, as they fell 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-12, 25-11).
Once again, the Nittany Lions (4-3) were the beneficiaries of an outstanding performance by 6-1 Jr. OH Simone Lee – 20 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks and 2 service aces. 6-3 Jr. MB Haleigh Washington registered 11 kills (.529 attack %) with two blocks, while 6-2 RS Fr. MB Tori Gorrell put in another solid performance with 7 kills and a team-leading 8 blocks. 6-2 Jr. RS/MB Heidi Thelen was second on the team with 5 blocks. 6-0 Jr. setter Abby Detering totaled 41 assists, as she led the team to a .336 attack %. Detering also posted 4 blocks and led the team with 10 digs.
Hofstra’s offense came from 6-0 So. OH Nanishka Perez, who had 13 kills, 6-2 Sr. OH/RS Veronika Kostova (11 kills) and 6-2 Jr. Leticia Valente (10 kills). Perez finished with a double-double as she added 11 digs.
(Courtesy of GoPSUsports.com)