No. 8 Penn State toughs out win
Roundup: No. 10 Texas cruises past Texas A&M 3-0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- No. 8 Penn State (11-4, 4-1) earned a hard-fought 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 13-25, 15-11) victory against Northwestern on Wednesday night. The Nittany Lions have now won 68 consecutive conference matches at home in Rec Hall.
Sophomore Deja McClendon was one of three players who tallied double-digit kills with a team-best 16. Sophomore Ariel Scott had 13 and sophomore Katie Slay posted 10. Freshman Micha Hancock dished out 43 assists, had seven kills and four aces. Sophomore Ali Longo led the team with 18 digs, while Scott and sophomore Maddie Martin recorded 13 and 11, respectively. Slay led the team at the net with eight total blocks.
Penn State hit .229 against the Wildcats and totaled 59 kills, four aces, 74 digs and 11.0 total team blocks. Northwestern hit .180 for the match with 52 kills, 10 aces, 61 digs and 9.0 team blocks.
No. 10 Texas 3, Texas A&M 0
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 10 Texas made short work of Texas A&M Wednesday night, cruising to a three-set win in the first contest of the 2011-12 Lone Star Showdown. The 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 victory improved the Longhorns to 10-4 on the year and 3-1 in Big 12 play, while the Aggies fell to 13-4 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play.
Freshman middle blocker Khat Bell headlined the Horns' attack in the win, connecting for a match-best 12 kills and hitting at a career-high .611 clip. Sophomore opposite hitter Bailey Webster joined her in double figures with 10 kills on .421 hitting, while senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams posted nine kills and hit a season-best .583.
Texas used an early 6-1 run capped by an Eckerman kill to take a 9-4 edge to begin the first set and the Longhorns put the set out of reach late with a set-ending 8-1 run fueled by a kill and two block assists by Webster.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.