Dec. 21, 2013
Penn State Wins 2013 NCAA Volleyball Championship
With its 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23) win over 12th-seeded Wisconsin on Saturday night at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash., second-seeded Penn State earned the 2013 NCAA Volleyball Championship, the Nittany Lions’ fifth title in the last seven years and sixth overall. The sixth crown ties Stanford for the most national titles in NCAA history. The Penn State-Wisconsin match-up marked the first time two Big Ten teams competed in the national final.
Ariel Scott led the Nittany Lions with 21 kills, while Megan Courtney and Katie Slay added five blocks apiece. Courtney and Dominique Gonzalez recorded 20 kills each and Micha Hancock totaled 48 assists.
Penn State finishes its season with a 34-2 overall record. During the conference season, the Nittany Lions compiled a 19-1 mark en route to their 10th Big Ten title in the last 11 years and 16th overall.
Penn State and Wisconsin to Face-Off in National Championship Match Tonight
Second-seeded Penn State and 12th-seeded Wisconsin will compete in the NCAA Championship match in Seattle, Wash., tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The match-up marks the first time two Big Ten teams will battle for the national title. The Nittany Lions are seeking their sixth national crown, which would tied Stanford for the most NCAA Championships all-time, while the Badgers are looking to become the lowest seed to win the title.
Penn State Dominates Washington, 3-0, to Force First All-Big Ten National Championship
No. 2 Penn State (33-2) powered past No. 3 Washington (30-3) in straight sets (25-14, 25-13, 25-16) Thursday evening in KeyArena, earning a spot in the NCAA national finals. The Nittany Lions will now take on No. 12 Wisconsin (28-9) in the first all-Big Ten national final in NCAA history. Seniors Deja McClendon and Ariel Scott led the offense with a pair of double-digit kill performances. McClendon recorded a double-double, recording a match-high 11 kills and 13 digs. Scott totaled 10 kills on 18 errorless swings, posting a .556 hitting clip. Senior Katie Slay followed closely behind with eight kills, registering a team-high four blocks. Junior Nia Grant tallied six kills, while also tying for first on the team with four blocks, including one solo stuff. Junior Micha Hancock tallied five kills, adding six digs and three aces, dishing out 39 assists. As a team, Penn State outhit Washington .488 to .117, notching their second best hitting performance of the season. The Nittany Lions also held the Huskies to their lowest point total of the season (43).
Wisconsin Downs Texas, 3-1, Advances to National Championship Match
For the first time since 2000, the 12th-seeded Badgers advanced to the NCAA championship match with a 3-1 win over No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Texas at KeyArena on Thursday night. The 25-19, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23 victory over the Longhorns is the team's first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since Oct. 31, 1997 and brings Wisconsin to 28-9 overall. The Badgers will take on the winner of 2nd-seed Penn State and 3rd-seed Washington on Sat., Dec. 21 at 9:30 p.m. E.T. at KeyArena. As the No. 12 seed, the Cardinal and White is the lowest seed ever to advance to the national championship.
Penn State and Wisconsin Play in NCAA Championship Semifinals Today
Penn State and Wisconsin are set to compete in the NCAA Championship semifinals today in Seattle, Wash., after winning their respective regionals. The second-seeded Nittany Lions earned a 3-1 win over conference foe Michigan State and picked up a 3-2 victory over seventh-seeded Stanford to take the Lexington Regional, while the 12th-seeded Badgers defeated Florida State and took down Purdue in four sets to secure the Champaign Regional. Thursday's first semifinal features Wisconsin taking on defending national champion and top-seeded Texas at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Penn State versus host and third-seeded Washington at 9:30 p.m. Both semifinal matches, along with the national championship match, can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
Nebraska Falls to Texas, 3-0
Nebraska fell to top-seeded Texas, 3-0, in the NCAA Championship regional final on Saturday night. The Huskers end their season with a 26-7 overall record.
Wisconsin Defeats Purdue, 3-1
For the first time since 2000 and the second time in program history, the 12th-seeded Badgers advance to the NCAA Final Four with a 3-1 victory over Purdue in the regional final Saturday night. Wisconsin grabbed a 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21 decision at the State Farm Center to improve to 27-9 on the season. Wisconsin will face the winner of Texas/Nebraska match at the KeyArena in Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Penn State Outlasts Stanford, 3-2
Seniors Ariel Scott and Deja McClendon propelled the No. 2 Penn State women's volleyball team (32-2) to thrilling 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 28-26, 18-25, 15-11) victory against Stanford (27-6) in the final match of the Lexington Regional. With the win, the Nittany Lions extend their winning streak to 23 consecutive matches. Penn State is the first of four teams to punch a ticket to the NCAA National Semifinals and will now travel to Seattle, Wash. to take on the winner of the Washington-USC match Thursday, Dec. 19. The matchup will broadcast live on ESPN2.
Four Big Ten Teams To Take Part in Regional Finals
Four Big Ten women's volleyball teams will participate in NCAA Championship Regional Final action today. The complete schedule is below and all games can be seen on ESPNU.
NCAA Championship Regional Finals
#7 Stanford vs. #2 PENN STATE - 4 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
PURDUE vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 6:30 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
#1 Texas vs. #8 NEBRASKA - 9 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
All times are ET
Nebraska Blanks San Diego, 3-0
The eighth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team posted its third straight postseason sweep on Friday, topping No. 9 San Diego in straight sets in an NCAA Regional Semifinal in front of 8,297 fans at the Devaney Center. Nebraska (26-6) was led by a match-high 14 kills from Kelsey Robinson and 11 kills from Meghan Haggerty on Friday. Haggerty hit .588 in the win, committing just one error in 17 swings.
Minnesota Falls to Stanford, 3-0
The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball team fell in three sets to Stanford, tonight in the NCAA Regional Semifinal in Lexington, Ky. The loss ends the Golden Gophers' season as it finished, 29-7 overall this year. Minnesota was led by Ashley Wittman, who had 17 kills and 43 attempts. Daly Satana had 13 kills and posted a team-high 17 digs. Tori Dixon had 12 kills hit a team-best .440 and had an ace.
Purdue Sweeps Illinois, 3-0
The No. 19 Purdue volleyball team earned its first Elite Eight berth since 2010 with a 3-0 sweep over host Illinois at the State Farm Center Friday night. The Boilermakers won the match 28-26, 25-20, 25-19 as six players put down four or more kills and the Boilers outblocked the Illini 11-4.5. Juniors Val Nichol and KiKi Jones and redshirt senior Catherine Rebarchak posted nine kills apiece to lead the offensive attack.
Wisconsin Upends Florida State, 3-1
For the first time since 2005, the Wisconsin volleyball team has advanced to play in an NCAA regional final. The 12th-seeded Badgers continue on with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 win over Florida State on Friday night at the State Farm Center. Wisconsin (26-9) will advance to the regional final and play Purdue in the Elite Eight on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Penn State Downs Michigan State, 3-1
Led by three double-digit kill performances, the No. 2 Penn State women's volleyball team (31-2) ralied from behind to defeat Michigan State (23-12) in four sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-23) Friday evening in Memorial Coliseum. With the victory, the Nittany Lions extend their winning streak to 22 consecutive matches and advance to the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament. Penn State will make its second consecutive appearance in the Regional NCAA Finals Saturday, Dec. 14th, squaring off against the winner of the Minnesota-Stanford at 4 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.
Seven Big Ten Teams To Take Part in Regional Semifinals
Seven Big Ten women's volleyball teams will participate in NCAA Championship Regional Semifinal action today, the most by any conference in tournament history. The complete schedule is below and all games can be seen on ESPN3.
NCAA Championship Regional Semifinals
Florida State vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 5 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
MICHIGAN STATE vs. #2 PENN STATE - 5 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
PURDUE vs. #13 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
#7 Stanford vs. #10 MINNESOTA - 7 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
#9 San Diego vs. #8 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
All times are ET
Michigan State Downs Kentucky, 3-1
Michigan State defeated fifteeth-seeded Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans will join Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin in the tournament's Sweet 16 next weekend.
Michigan State Takes On Fifteenth-seeded Kentucky in NCAA Second Round
Michigan State will battle fifteenth-seeded Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament second round on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky. With a win, the Spartans would advance to the Sweet 16 to face second-seeded Penn State.
Purdue Hands Missouri First Loss of the Season
The No. 19 Boilermakers punched their ticket to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth-straight season with a 3-1 upset win over No. 4 Missouri Saturday night at the Hearnes Center. Purdue (22-11) won the match 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 27-25 to clinch their third Top 10 upset of the season and seventh Sweet 16 berth in the last nine seasons. Junior Val Nichol recorded her second triple double of the season with 14 kills, 10 digs and 27 assists to lead the way for the Boilermakers.
Illinois Takes Down Marquette, 3-1
Illinois got off to a slow start in its NCAA Second Round match against No. 22 Marquette, with the Golden Eagles bringing their A-game from Milwaukee and the MU fan cheers filling Huff Hall. But Illinois quickly converted the Huff energy into their own and snatched the victory out of the Golden Eagles' talons. Sophomore Jocelynn Birks finished with 19 kills and junior Liz McMahon ended with 17 to send the Illini (18-14) soaring on to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament with a 3-1 win over BIG EAST Champion Marquette (26-6).
Minnesota Edges Colorado, 3-2
The University of Minnesota women's volleyball team defeated Colorado on Saturday evening in five in order to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The Gophers were lead by Ashley Wittman and Tori Dixon (kills 19), Daly Santana (aces 4), Lindsey Lawmaster (digs 14), Alexandra Plamer (assists 34) and Hannah Tapp (block assists 4).
Penn State Defeats Utah, 3-0
Behind a match-high offensive performance from sophomore Megan Courtney, the No. 2 Penn State women's volleyball team (30-2) knocked off Utah (21-13) in straight-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.
Wisconsin Upends California, 3-0
For the first time since 2006, the Wisconsin volleyball team has advanced to play in the NCAA Sweet 16. The 12th-seeded Badgers moved on with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of California on Saturday night in the UW Field House. Wisconsin (25-9) will play Florida State in the Champaign, Ill., Regional on Dec. 13 at either 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. in the State Farm Center.
Nebraska Downs Oregon, 3-0
An outstanding night from Kadie Rolfzen and the Husker block powered the eighth-seeded Nebraska volelyball team to a 3-0 sweep over 25th-ranked Oregon in the second-round NCAA Tournament match Saturday night in front of 8,012 fans at the Devaney Center. With the 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, win Nebraska (25-6) advances to next Friday's NCAA Regional Semifinal at the Devaney Center against either No. 9 seed San Diego or Arizona.
Michigan State Wins First Round Match Over Ohio, 3-0
Michigan State advanced into the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Mid-American Conference champion Ohio on Saturday, (25-22, 25-21, 25-19). The Spartans advance into Sunday's round of 32 for the third straight season, and improve to 22-11 on the season. Ohio concludes its year with a 27-6 overall record. In the match, Lauren Wicinski had a 16-kill, four-ace, nine-dig performance while hitting .371; Alexis Mathews had 10 kills, hit .471 and had five blocks. Kelsey Kuipers had a career-best three solo blocks and had five total, while contributing four kills.
Six Squads Participate in Second Round Matches Today; Michigan State Opens Tournament Play
Seven Big Ten volleyball teams are in NCAA Championship action today, as Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin participate in second round matches, while Michigan State will play its first round contest.
NCAA Championship First Round
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Ohio - 2:30 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
NCAA Championship Second Round
#13 ILLINOIS vs. Marquette - 8 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
#10 MINNESOTA vs. Colorado - 8 p.m. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
#8 NEBRASKA vs. Oregon - 8 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
#2 PENN STATE vs. Utah - 7:30 p.m.
PURDUE vs. #4 Missouri - 8:30 p.m. (Columbia, Mo.)
#12 WISCONSIN vs. California - 7 p.m. (Madison, Wis.)
Wisconsin Blanks Mikwaukee, 3-0
In its first NCAA tournament match since 2007, the 13th-ranked and 12th-seeded Wisconsin volleyball team put on a commanding performance, sweeping in-state rival Milwaukee 3-0 Friday night in the UW Field House. The Badgers grabbed a 25-11, 25-14, 25-15 victory to advance to 24-9 on the season and make their way to the second round of the tournament on Saturday. Wisconsin will face California at 6 p.m. in the Field House for the right to advance to the Champaign, Ill., Regional.
Nebraska Sweeps Fairfield, 3-0
A balanced, team effort powered the eighth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over Fairfield on Friday night in a first-round NCAA Tournament match front of 7,920 fans at Devaney Center. The NU offense hit .392 in the match and was not blocked once. Eight Huskers had at least one kill, including five players with five-or-more kills. Kelsey Fien earned the start and led Nebraska with eight kills while hitting .467. Amber Rolfzen and Cecilia Hall combined for 14 kills and just one error in 27 swings in the duo's postseason debut.
Minnesota Stuffs Radford, 3-0
The No. 10 University of Minnesota swept Radford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, tonight at the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers (28-6) won 25-11, 25-19, 25-8 to advance to the second round, which will be held tomorrow night, 7 p.m., also at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers will face Colorado as it defeated Iowa State, earlier today in four sets. The Gophers used just an hour and nine minutes to get through their first NCAA round. Minnesota hit .362 to Radford's .053 and held a 44-36 dig advantage. Minnesota also outblocked the Highlanders, 10-4. Minnesota was led by Tori Dixon, who had 12 kills, didn't commit an error, had 17 attempts and hit .706.
LSU Edges Michigan, 3-2
The 24th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team won the first two sets, 25-23, 25-9, before dropping the final three, 25-14, 25-19 and 15-10, to LSU in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Friday night (Dec. 6) in the Alaska Airlines Arena. Seniors Molly Toon and Jennifer Cross, playing in their final matches in the Maize and Blue, recorded 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Cross also tied a career high with nine blocks, while Toon had a double-double with 11 digs and added six blocks.
Illinois Silences Morehead State, 3-0
After earning a #13 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Illinois was able to start its road to Seattle at home with a first round matchup in Champaign. With two close sets to start off the match against Morehead State, the Illini pulled away in the third set, 25-16, to come out with the 3-0 match win against the Eagles and advance to the second round. The Fighting Illini improve to 25-3 all-time at home in the tournament, sitting at 17-14 in 2013.
Penn State Blanks LIU Brooklyn
No. 2 Penn State (29-2) pushed past LIU Brooklyn (23-8) in straight-sets (25-21, 25-21, 25-14) Friday evening in Rec Hall to advance to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. With the victory, the Nittany Lions improve to 28-5 in the first round of the event and 6-0 all-time against the Blackbirds. Senior Ariel Scott led the offense with nine kills on .348 hitting, while also contributing three blocks. Senior Katie Slay posted eight kills on a squad-best .412 hitting clip, registering two digs and six blocks.
Purdue Sweeps Central Arkansas in NCAA First Round
The No. 19 Purdue volleyball team used strong serving , an efficient offense and tough net defense to post a 3-0 sweep of Central Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament first round on Friday. The Boilermakers won the match 25-15, 25-17, 25-13 to advance to the second round for the fourth straight season and ninth in the last 11 years.
Michigan State's First Round Match Postponed
Due to inclement weather blanketing the Central Kentucky area, the NCAA Volleyball Tournament First and Second Rounds, hosted by the University of Kentucky, has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will now open on Saturday with Ohio vs. Michigan State at 2:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Coliseum. Duquesne and Kentucky will conclude the first day of the tournament at 5 p.m. ET. The second-round matchup, featuring the winners of Saturday's game, will start at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.
Michigan State Release
Eight Big Ten Teams To Compete in NCAA Championship Opening Round Today
The first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship is underway, with eight Big Ten teams set to compete in the tournament's opening round. Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin host first and second round matches, while Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue hit the road.
NCAA Championship First Round
Ohio vs. MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. (Lexington, Ky.)
Central Arkansas vs. PURDUE - 5:30 p.m. (Columbia, Mo.)
LIU Brooklyn vs. #2 PENN STATE - 7:30 p.m. (University Park, Pa.)
Morehead State at #13 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. (Champaign, Ill.)
LSU vs. MICHIGAN - 8 p.m. (Seattle, Wash.)
Radford vs. #10 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Fairfield vs. #8 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
Milwaukee vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 8:30 p.m. (Madison, Wis,)
All times are ET