Penn State sweep Kentucky NCAA Regional Volleyball Semi-final


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The top ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team (32-2) earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-12) win against No. 16 seed Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Semi-final hosted by Purdue University.

The Nittany Lions play in the regional championship on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. against either No. 8 Minnesota or Purdue who play in the other regional semifinal.

Saturday’s regional championship match will air live on ESPNU. Fans can also listen live nationwide at with commentary from Dean DeVore and former Nittany Lion Kate Price. Followers in the State College and surrounding areas can listen on both WRSC FM 103.1 and AM 1390.

Penn State improved to 77-26 overall in NCAA Tournament matches. The Nittany Lions are appearing in the NCAA Regional Championship for the 13th time.

Junior Ariel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) posted a match-high 11 kills, while junior Deja McClendon (Louisville, Ky.) had eight.

Sophomore Micha Hancock (Edmond, Okla.) dished out 28 assists and had seven digs. Sophomore Dominique Gonzalez (San Antonio, Texas) recorded a match-best 12 digs and McClendon had 10. Junior Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) led Penn State with five total blocks and freshman Megan Courtney (Dayton, Ohio) had four.

Penn State hit .306 against the Wildcats. The Nittany Lions totaled 37 kills, five aces, 42 digs and 7.0 team blocks. The Wildcats finished the match with a .040 hitting percentage. Kentucky posted 29 kills, two aces, 32 digs and 7.0 team blocks.