STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 8 seed Penn State women’s volleyball team took down Washington 26-24, 25-21, 25-21 Friday night to advance to the NCAA Stanford Regional Final in Maples Pavilion.
The Nittany Lions moved to 26-7 on the season with the win.
Penn State advances to the NCAA Stanford Regional Final and will play either Stanford or Washington State tonight at 10 o’clock on ESPNU.
Offensively, the Nittany Lions were clicking all match, hitting .337 on the day with 48 kills as a team.
Redshirt senior setter Bryanna Weiskircher dished out 40 assists, adding six digs and three kills, while conducting the offense to that .337 mark.
Three Penn State players totaled double-figure kills as redshirt senior Nia Reed led the way with 13 kills, graduate student Taylor Leath added 12, and freshman Jonni Parker added 10. Reed added three digs and three blocks in the match, along with a .259 hitting percentage.
Leath finished with an impressive .478 hitting percentage, adding five digs, two assists, an ace and a block. Parker hit .261 on the match, and added a tied-career-high five blocks.
In the middle, redshirt junior Tori Gorrell added eight kills, hitting .385, while adding four blocks, two digs, and a tied-career-best two aces, both coming at the end of set three.
Junior libero Kendall White continued her strong play as she led the backline with a match-best 16 digs. She added two aces and two assists as well.
From the get-go, Penn State pressured Washington, dishing out five aces, and 10.0 team blocks. Even in the third set, Washington jumped out to a 17-12 lead, but the Nittany Lions were able to grind and fight their way back. A 7-0 scoring run would give Penn State a 19-17 advantage, and from there the Nittany Lions never looked back and took the set and the match.