#1 WVB Sweeps Indiana

The Penn State women’s volleyball team swept Indiana, 3-0

BLOOMINGTON, IND. – The No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball team took down Indiana, 3-0; 25-21, 25-13, 25-15, to move to 9-1 in Big Ten action, and 19-1 overall.

The highlight of the evening was Haleigh Washington(Colorado Springs, Co.). The senior middle hitter became the 28th member of the Penn State 1,000 kill club, and was the third Nittany Lion to achieve the feat this season as Ali Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill.) was the first on Aug. 26 at West Virginia, and Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) followed on Oct. 6 at Ohio State.

The last time Penn State had three active 1,000 kill club members was in 2008. Entering the season, Megan Hodgeand Nicole Fawcett were already past the mark, but on Sept. 5, 2008, Christa Harmotto joined the club as well.

However, this marked the first time in Penn State history that a trio reached the pinnacle in the same season.

Washington finished with a team-best 13 kills on an impressive .800 hitting, adding five digs and a block.

Heidi Thelen (Edgewood, Ky.) was impressive again, putting down seven of eight kills, on a clip of .875. Tori Gorrell(Oakville, Ontario) added four kills on a clip of .571, and a team-best five blocks.

Despite a close opening set, the Nittany Lions hit .536 with 18 kills in the opener. However, the Nittany Lions gave up 15 kills to the Hoosiers, who hit .323. Penn State was able to edge away with the set as Haleigh Washington went 6-1-7 on the attack, and led the Nittany Lions to the 25-21 win.

The second set saw a more defensive performance from the Penn State squad as they held Indiana to just .083 hitting, and tallied three team blocks. Penn State countered with .474 hitting, and 11 kills.

Penn State took over in the final set, and dominated the hosts, hitting .500 to IU’s .160.

The Nittany Lions return home on Wednesday, Oct. 25 to take on No. 9 Wisconsin at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. It will be the Penn State Dig Pink match for Breast Cancer Awareness.