Post-Match Notes: Penn State vs. Nebraska
Dec. 19, 2008
Tonight's semifinal attendance was 17,430. That is a national semifinal record.
A total of 94,083 people have attended the tournament so far. 48,395 attended matches at first and second round site, while 28,258 attended regional matches.
Penn State Notes
Penn State's NCAA all divisions NCAA record of 111 consecutive sets won was broken when Nebraska took the third set of the match. Penn State had come into the match with the record at 109 and took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-18 to extend the mark. However, Nebraska came back to win the third set 25-15. The Nittany Lions had not lost a set since last year's national championship match, sweeping their previous 36 matches this year by 3-0 scores.
Penn State extended their NCAA Division I record for consecutive matches won to 62. Penn State has not tasted defeat since losing 3-2 to Stanford on Sept. 15 last season. They won their last 25 matches in a row last year en route to the national championship. They have also won all 37 of their matches in 2008.
Penn State came into the match leading the country in blocks per set for the season (3.28) and also averaging nearly 4.0 blocks per set in the NCAA tournament. They managed just 8.0 total blocks in the match.
The Nittany Lions had team season-highs of 66 kills, 64 assists and 67 digs tonight.
Junior outside hitter Megan Hodge downed a season-best 23 kills. She contributed 24.5 points, hit .383 and added 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the year.
Junior setter Alisha Glass leads all Division I volleyball players in assists this season with a 12.50 assist per game average. She dished out a season-high 60 assists tonight. She also tied her season-high with 10 digs for her second double-double of the season, while adding four total blocks.
Senior outside hitter Nicole Fawcett led all players with 26 points and a season-high 24 kills.
Senior middle hitter Christa Harmotto, who ranks first in the nation in hitting percentage, connected at a .333 clip. She matched Glass' four total blocks to lead Penn State.
Senior libero Roberta Holehouse had a match-high and season-best 22 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist added 11.
Despite the loss, Nebraska still leads the series between the schools 11-6.
Nebraska's 64 kills and 59 assists were their third-best totals of the season.
This was Nebraska's first neutral site loss of the year, after winning their first five matches.
This was just the second time this season that a team has had more kills and the fourth time that a team had a better hitting percentage than the Huskers. It was also just the fifth time that a Nebraska opponent has hit higher than .200 against them.
Senior outside hitter Jordan Larson had one service ace to extend her school career leader to 186.
Larson had 17 kills and 18 digs for her 17th double-double of the season to go with her team-high 20.5 points. Larson finished her career with 1,600 career kills.
Senior middle blocker Amanda Gates hit .467 and had five total blocks and 12.0 points in the contest.
Sophomore outside hitter Tara Mueller and sophomore right side Lindsey Licht added 15 and 13 kills and 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Sophomore libero Kayla Banwarth contributed 14 digs on defense.
Sophomore setter Sydney Anderson handed out 51 assists.