Sept. 17, 2005
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The fourth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions were too much for the Thundering Herd volleyball team in the finale of the Penn State Classic at Rec Hall as PSU wrapped up the tournament title with a 3-0 (19-30, 25-30, 30-13) win.
Marshall dropped to 7-4 on the year with the loss as Penn State improved to 9-2 on the year with the victory.
The Herd came out hungry for an upset, but those hopes were dashed as the Nittany Lions showed why they are one of the top teams in the country. However, the Herd proved it could hang with the best of them.
Penn State came out and took game one 30-19, as it jumped out to a double-digit lead for most of the first game.
In game two it was a much different story. The Thundering Herd gave the Nittany Lions more than they wanted in the second frame. The game was back-and-forth throughout and minus several service errors by the Herd the outcome could have been in favor of the Green and White.
The Herd came out swinging and put it all on the line in game three with nothing to lose in front of the energetic 2,381 in attendance at Rec Hall, but once again came up short as Penn State showed why it's ranked No. 4 in the nation taking the third and final game 30-13.
Marshall was led by Stephanie Cahill with 10 kills on the night and Maggie Arias with 11 digs.
Penn State held Marshall to a -.026 hitting percentage while it hit .326 against the Herd. The Nittany Lions also outblocked the Herd 13.5 to six. Nicole Fawcett led Penn State with 12 kills.
Marshall will return to action in its final non-conference match of the season when it plays host to the Cincinnati Bearcats of the Big East at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in the Cam Henderson Center.