Dec. 19, 2009
Penn State became the first Division I women’s volleyball team to win three consecutive NCAA titles, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to beat Texas, 3-2, on Saturday. The win extends the Nittany Lions’ winning streak to 102 consecutive matches and is the program’s fourth overall national championship.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
No. 1 PENN STATE (38-0) def. No. 2 Texas (29-2), 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-13)
Megan Hodge led Penn State with 21 kills as the Nittany Lions overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Texas, 3-2, for their third consecutive NCAA championship. Blair Brown and Darcy Dorton contributed 13 kills each, and three Penn State players recorded double-digit digs, led by Alyssa D’Errico’s career-high total of 22.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
No. 2 Texas (29-1) def. No. 11 MINNESOTA (28-9), 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-15)
Minnesota's season came to an end with a loss to Texas in the NCAA Semifinals. Hailey Cowles had 12 kills on .348 hitting to lead the Gophers, while Lauren Gibbemeyer tallied eight and Tabitha Love finished with six. Christine Tan recorded 11 digs in her final collegiate match.
No. 1 PENN STATE (37-0) def. No. 12 Hawai'i (31-3), 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18)
Penn State came back from a first-set loss to down Hawai’i, 3-1, earning the right to advance to the program’s third straight NCAA title match. The match also marked the 1,000th career win for head coach Russ Rose. Three Nittany Lions posted double-digit kills in the match, led by Megan Hodge’s 12. Arielle Wilson tallied 11 hits at a .346 clip, and Blair Brown had 10 on .233 hitting. Penn State out-blocked Hawai’i, 15-0, holding their opponents to a .135 attack average for the match.