Penn State women’s volleyball team advances to NCAA Sweet 16
UNIVERSITY PARK — Kendall White broke the Penn State women’s volleyball program career digs record while helping the Lady Lions advance to the NCAA Regional with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-20) win over Towson on Saturday night at Rec Hall.
The Lions improved to 26-5 and have advanced past the opening weekend of the tournament in 17 consecutive seasons. To get there, they had to get past a Towson team that finished 29-3, went unbeaten in the CAA during the regular season, won the CAA Tournament title and entered the day with a 23-match winning streak.
“I’d like to first recognize Towson on a terrific season. Not only did they have a great year in their conference, but I thought they came out and they played very well this evening,” Penn State coach Russ Rose said. “They won 29 matches this season, and that isn’t easy to do.”
Penn State will play Cincinnati in the Regional Semifinal on Friday at Stanford. The winner of that match will play in the Regional Final on Saturday against the winner between Stanford and Utah.
White needed just three digs to break the previous record of 1,957 set by Kaleena Walters (2002-05), who was in attendance for the match. White finished with 14, giving her 1,969 for her career. The record-breaking dig came midway through the opening set.
Penn State started slow with a loss in the first set but righted the ship with easy wins in sets two and three.