Dec. 3, 2010

Courtesy of Penn State Athletics

The fourth-seeded Penn State women's volleyball team (27-5) advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-15) sweep of Niagara (25-9) Friday night. The match will air on the Big Ten Network tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

The Nittany Lions, who are now 43-3 in NCAA matches in Rec Hall, are now in sole possession of first place in NCAA Division I women's volleyball records with a home-match winning streak of 91 consecutive matches. Penn State looks to continue its streak Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Virginia Tech. The Hokies defeated Delaware, 3-0, in their first round match.

Seniors Blair Brown (Purcellville, Va.) and Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.) led the Nittany Lions with nine kills apiece. Wilson had a match-high attack percentage of .643. Sophomore setter Kristin Carpenter (Mechanicsville, Va.) dished out 33 assists and was second on the team with eight digs. Senior Alyssa D'Errico (Byron, N.Y.) led the team with 11 digs, while freshman Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) had a match-high six total blocks.

Penn State attacked at a .370 clip and held the Purple Eagles to -.010. The Nittany Lions totaled 37 kills, five aces, 37 digs and 12.0 total team blocks. Niagara finished the match with 25 kills, four aces, 35 digs and 2.0 team blocks.

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