Volleyball Swept By Penn State

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Volleyball Swept By Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The LSU Volleyball team (2-3) wrapped up play at the Penn State Classic Saturday, falling to the No. 17 Nittany Lions (5-1) in straight sets.

Behind a home crowd of 2,804, Penn St. took the match in straight sets, 25-13, 25-21 and 25-21, limiting LSU from gaining much momentum through the match.

The Nittany Lions were able to win the match at the net, limiting errors offensively and earning 12 blocks. When Penn St. wasn’t blocking balls, it was getting hands on balls to allow the Nittany Lions to transition into offense. Anytime LSU looked to go on a run, Penn St. prevented LSU from putting anything together.

Kylie Deberg had another good night for the Tigers with a match-high 15. Hannah Brister was LSU’s next offensive leader with 11 kills. Ella Larkin had 14 digs and 31 assists and Raigen Cianciulli added 10 digs.

Penn St. was led by Erika Pritchard who hit .323 with 14 kills and Kaitlyn Hord who had 8 kills and 7 blocks (1 solo, 6 assisted) to total 12 points. Gabby Blossom ran the Nittany Lions’ offense effectively with 30 assists.

Set One

  • Penn St. started the match on a 3-0 scoring run, but the Tigers battled back to tie the set at 4 following a kill from Hannah Brister.
  • The Nittany Lions went on a 7-1, building an 11-5 lead and forcing the Tigers to call their first timeout of the set.
  • Penn St. slowly built its lead more throughout the set, taking a 10-point lead, 20-10.
  • LSU was unable to go on any sort of run as the Nittany Lions took the first set, 25-13.
  • Penn St. out-blocked LSU, 5-0, and out-hit the Tigers, .346-.065, in the first set.

Set Two

  • Penn St. started the second set with a 3-0 run, but LSU responded with the next three points. Sanaa Dotson provided a powerful kill to even the score at 3.
  • The Nittany Lions built a small lead, but the Tigers kept it close and after service errors by both teams, Kylie Deberg got a big kill to bring the Tigers within one, 10-9.
  • As soon as LSU would get close to tying up the set though, Penn St. responded, keeping their lead and limiting LSU from going on any significant runs.
  • The Tigers inched closer though, bringing the set within one multiple times, breaking through to tie the set at 14 when Brister and Foreman went up for a double-block, the Tiger’s first block of the match. LSU was forced to call timeout after a Penn St. 3-1 run to make it 17-15.
  • Out of the timeout, Penn St. scored the first two points, building its lead to four. It was too late in the set for the Tigers to mount a comeback and the Nittany Lions closed it out, 25-21.

Set Three

  • Penn St. scored the first point of the set, but Deberg registered her 10th kill of the match to even it up on the next point.
  • Just like in the first two sets, the Tigers inched close whenever the Nittany Lions built a multi-point lead, but Penn St. stymied LSU anytime the Tigers tied it up and looked to take the lead.
  • The blockers for Penn St. played big and prevented many balls from getting through. With the score tied at 10 and LSU looking to take its first lead at any point in the match, a big swing by Deberg was blocked to prevent LSU from jumping in front. The Nittany Lions went on a 3-0 run from there to make it 13-10.
  • When the Tigers looked to tie it up trailing 15-14, another double-block by the Nittany Lions prevented LSU from gaining any real momentum. It was a kill a few points later from Penn St. that prevented LSU from tying it up as the Nittany Lions made it 17-15.
  • The Tigers tied it up at 17 and then at 18 and then LSU its first lead in any set thanks to Deberg’s 14th kill of the match.
  • Penn St. rallied to score the next two points though, regaining the lead, 20-19, and forcing LSU to take a timeout.
  • Out of the timeout, Penn St. scored two more points to make it a 22-19 lead as LSU took its second timeout of the set.