No. 1 PSU Volleyball blocks Pitt, set to host NCAA regional

UNIVERSITY PARK – The No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball team took down the University of Pittsburgh in a Keystone state rivalry match, 3-1; 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, in the Second Round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday evening in Rec Hall.

With the win, Penn State advances to their 15th straight Regional, but for the first time since 2010, Penn State will host the Regional at Rec Hall. Penn State has hosted a Regional in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

While it was an extremely aggressive match offensively, defense proved to be the difference maker in the match as Penn State out-blocked Pitt, 17.0-5.0.

Penn State finished the match hitting .312 on the evening, while Pitt hit .240, including a .057 fourth set outing that sealed the match for the Nittany Lions.

The matched opened with both teams hitting lights out as Penn State put down 21 kills in the opener on a .415 clip, and Pitt put down 14 kills, hitting .324. Penn State took the opener, 25-20.

The aggressive trend continued into the second set as both teams put down 16 kills with Pitt hitting .306, and Penn State hit .300. However, the Nittany Lions made four service errors in the second set, and Pitt evened the match up at 1-1 with a 25-23 win.

Out of the break, Penn State looked to its block to get rolling. Through the first two sets, PSU combined for j3.0 team blocks.