Penn State upends Utah in consecutive sets to advance to third round
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Behind a match-high offensive performance from sophomore Megan Courtney, No. 2 Penn State (30-2) knocked off Utah (21-13) in consecutive sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-11) Saturday evening to advance to the regional semifinals of the 2013 NCAA tournament. The victory extends the current Nittany Lion winning streak to 21 consecutive matches and stretches the PSU all-time record in the tournament to 79-26.
Sophomore Megan Courtney powered the offense with 17 kills on .556 hitting, marking a career-high for the outside hitter in NCAA tournament matches. Courtney recorded at least four kills in each set and tallied eight in the third set alone.
Senior Deja McClendon registered nine kills, while continuing her stellar performance from the back row, posting a match-high 16 digs. Senior Ariel Scott finished third on the team in kills, logging eight, while also totaling four digs and one block. Senior Katie Slay led the blocking effort, contributing five blocks and five kills on .500 hitting.