UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- No. 3 Penn State (12-1) captured the Penn State Alumni Classic title with a straight set victory (25-11, 25-17, 25-10) against East Carolina (6-2) Saturday evening in Rec Hall.
Freshman Ali Frantti and junior Megan Courtney led the offense with 10 kills each. Freshman Haleigh Washington, senior Nia Grant and redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney followed close behind with seven kills each.
Senior Micha Hancock guided the Nittany Lion offense to a .466 team hitting percentage, dishing out 33 assists to go along with four digs, two blocks and a season-high eight aces.
Whitney earned Penn State Alumni Classic MVP honors after leading the team with standout offense and defensive performances throughout the weekend. Senior Dominique Gonzalez joined her on the all-tournament team after contributing a team-high five digs in the win against the Pirates.
Penn State Alumni Classic MVP honors goes to Aiyana Whitney! Dominique Gonzalez joins her on the all-tourney team. #PSUVB— PennStateVolleyball (@PennStateVBALL) September 21, 2014
Whitney led PSU to a straight-set (25-18, 25-13, 25-16) victory against Illinois-Chicago (5-9) Saturday morning at Rec Hall.
Whitney recorded her second double-digit kill performance of the season in the victory after leading the team with 13 kills on .722 hitting
Courtney followed close behind with nine kills, while also logging six digs and a solo stuff. Grant, Washington and freshman Simone Lee all finished tied for third on the squad with seven kills each.
Gonzalez anchored the defense with 10 digs, while also tallying a team-high three aces.
Senior Micha Hancock paced the squad to a .500 overall hitting percentage, passing out 38 assists to go along with five kills, two aces, three digs and one solo block.