“Megan Courtney is just like a fine Merlot. . . . Patience. It will be worth it.” Talking Head in the pre-Michigan match Q&A with DigNittanyVolleyball.
Talking Head may be a new-found Nostradamus, as 6-2 Jr. OH Megan Courtney turned in a terrific performance against the Michigan Wolverines, with 10 kills (no errors, .400 attack %), 10 digs and five blocks, to help Penn State (27-3, 15-2 in the B1G ) to a sweep (25-19, 25-23, 27-25) of Michigan (12-15, 7-10 in the B1G ) at Cliff Keen Arena.
Other Nittany Lions with outstanding statistics were 6-4 RS Jr. Opp/RS Aiyana Whitney, who registered a team-high 12 kills (.318 attack %), 6-2 Sr. MH Nia Grant, who finished with 9 kills (.727 attack %) and set a new personal best with 10 blocks, 6-3 Fr. MH Haleigh Washington, with 8 kills (.700 attack %), 6-1 Fr. OH Ali Frantti, with 8 kills (.273 attack %), and 5-6 Sr. libero Dominique Gonzalez with 13 digs.
5-11 Sr. setter Micha Hancock guided Penn State to a .371 team attack % (Penn State is now hitting .356 for the season — tops in the B1G and the NCAA) and, with her 92nd service ace this season, set a new Penn State record (she set the previous record in 2011).
For Michigan, 6-5 So. MB Abby Cole had a match-high 17 kills (.400 attack %) and 5-6 Jr. libero Tiffany Morales totaled 8 digs. 6-2 Fr. OH Adeja Lambert and 6-1 Fr. MB Claire Kieffer-Wright each chipped in 3 blocks.
By the Numbers
- Penn State out-blocked Michigan 13.5-5.0
- Penn State has won 32 consecutive sets
- Penn State has swept its last ten opponents
- The victory was Penn State’s 23rd in a row over Michigan
Match Stats (Courtesy of GoPSUsports.com)
- Tampa Bay Aquatics swimmers at University of Michigan pool. Courtesy of Tampa Bay Aquatics.
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- Megan Courtney photo courtesy of GoPSUsports.com