The Penn State women’s volleyball (19-8, 12-5 Big Ten) started a road trip on a difficult note following a loss to Nebraska (20-6, 14-3 Big Ten) on Friday night in Lincoln.
The No.15 Nittany Lions were convincingly swept aside (14-25, 23-25, 23-25) by the Cornhuskers after losing several advances and advantages.
How did it happen
Nebraska opened Friday night’s game with a 10-3 lead. From there, the Cornhuskers earned a 25-14 victory and outscored Penn State in almost every facet of the frame. The Nittany Lions shot themselves in the foot hitting -.097 in frame, while Nebraska racked up 13 kills and four blocks to overwhelm Penn State.
Penn State’s luck deteriorated in the second set. Despite a strong rebound and a 22-15 lead late in the frame, the Nittany Lions fumbled for the sack and let the Cornhuskers tie the set 23-23. Back-to-back typing errors from right-side Jonni Parker gave Nebraska a huge 25-23 comeback victory to take a 2-0 lead in the game.
Penn State showed life in the third set and quickly took an 8-4 lead, punctuated by an ace from Anjelina Starck. However, Cornhusker’s back-to-back wins put Nebraska back to the 13-12 top halfway through the frame. Although the Nittany Lions were fighting and keeping things tight, Nebraska completed the sweep with a service ace to win the frame 25-23.
Parker led the Nittany Lions with 14 kills on .195 kills. No other Nittany Lion has gone past five wins in the game, which should put the team’s offensive problems into perspective.
Set-up Gabby Blossom led Penn State with 18 digs, while libero Jenna Hampton followed with 14. Blossom distributed just 26 assists in the game, dipping well below her average of 41.6 assists per. match.
Player of the match
Jonni Parker | Right hitter
Despite a handful of mistakes throughout the game, Parker finished first among all players with 14 kills on Friday night. She added five digs and two blocks to complete a solid but ultimately insignificant performance.
The Nittany Lions will rest on Saturday before traveling to Columbus to face the No.10 Ohio State on Sunday, November 21. The first serve against the Buckeyes is scheduled for 3 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.