Penn State advances to regional finals with win against Michigan State
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Led by three double-digit kill performances, Penn State (31-2) rallied from behind to defeat Michigan State (23-12) in four sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-23) Friday evening in Memorial Coliseum. With the victory, the Nittany Lions extend their winning streak to 22 consecutive matches and advance to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
Penn State will make its second consecutive appearance in the regional NCAA finals on Saturday, squaring off against the winner of the Minnesota and Stanford at 4 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.
Senior Ariel Scott led the offense with a team-high 15 kills, adding three digs and five blocks. Senior Deja McClendon followed close behind with 14 kills and 10 dig for her 10th double-double of the season. Sophomore Megan Courtney rounded out the group of double-digit hitters, registering 10 kills and 14 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. Junior Micha Hancock recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 47 assists and 14 digs.
Senior Katie Slay led the squad in blocking, posting eight blocks, including one solo stuff, while also adding eight kills. Junior Dominique Gonzalez anchored the defense with 16 digs. Junior Lacey Fuller matched a season-high mark, contributing eight digs.