The Penn State women’s volleyball team is moving on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after beating fifth-seeded Central Florida in four sets Saturday night at Rec Hall.
Fourth-seeded Penn State lost the first set, 25-19, but swept the next three 25-18, 25-21 and 25-22 respectively.
Penn State (26-7), trailed 14-10 in the third set and faced a 22-21 deficit late, but got the next four points to win the set, 25-22, and take a 2-1 lead.
The team has won five of the six sets it’s played in this tournament, having swept UMBC in the first round.
Kashauna Williams led Penn State with 15 kills followed by Zoe Weatherington (13) and Katie Clark (10). Clark also has six blocks. Seleisa Elisaia had 45 assists, eight digs and three blocks. Maddy Bilinovic had five assists and three aces. Allie Holland had eight blocks, two kills and a .389 hitting percentage. The win over UCF— which finished the year 28-2– was Penn State’s ninth in the last 10 games. The only team to beat Penn State in that span is the team it will be playing in Thursday’s regional semifinal; Wisconsin. The Lions and Badgers will play in Madison at a time to be announced.