Hoosiers Drop Three-Setter To No. 2 Penn State
Nov. 9, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Indiana volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to the No. 2-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State this evening, falling in straight sets at 25-16, 25-12 and 25-11. The loss sets the Hoosiers back to 9-16 on the year and 1-13 in Big Ten play, while Penn State improves to 22-2 and 13-1 in B1G matches.
Jordan Haverly led Indiana with eight kills on the night, including five in the opening set, while Awele Nwaeze added six terminations and a block assist and Morgan Leach recorded six kills for the Hoosiers. Megan Tallmen handed out 24 assists and Caitlin Hansen recorded a team-high 13 digs.
Indiana tallied its first point of the second game on a kill from Leach to set the score at 5-1. The Hoosiers scattered kills and used a series of Penn State errors in an attempt to generate some point production, however the Nittany Lions eventually outscored the Hoosiers 25-12 to take set two. Leach led IU with three kills, while Hansen had four digs in the frame.
Penn State jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set only to see the Hoosiers answer back with a small run of their own. IU climbed back to within one at 5-4 behind a pair of PSU service errors and kills from Haverly and Nwaeze. A 20-7 run by Penn State halted IU's momentum and dealt the Hoosiers a 25-11 match-deciding loss in set three.
Indiana will remain on the road next weekend when they continue Big Ten action at Northwestern and Illinois.
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