The series: Penn State leads 47-11. In Madison: Penn State leads 19-9. In University Park: Penn State leads 24-2 The streak: Wisconsin won the teams’ last meeting, a 5-set slug-fest on October 23, 2021.
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Wisconsin and Penn State each have two Big Ten intra-conference transfers on the roster: Wisconsin has OH Sarah Franklin (Michigan State) and DS Joslyn Boyer (Iowa); Penn State has Taylor Trammel (Purdue) and RS Anastasiya Kudryashova (Rutgers).
Post by volleynerd on Sept 27, 2022 13:24:21 GMT -5
this one should be a doozy. both teams are coming off some pretty disappointing losses and will both be looking to get the ground running again.
it's going to be a very physical match at the net as both teams are top 5 in the country in blocks per set. Penn State is second in the nation averaging 3.07 blocks per set, while Wisconsin is fifth not far behind at 2.97 blocks per set. both teams are tied for 11th in the nation in only allowing opponents to hit at a .149% clip
Wisconsin serves very tough (2nd in the B1G in Aces) while Penn State is good at reception as they are 2nd In the B1G in Aces allowed.
the edge might go to Wisconsin because it is in Madison, but we have seen this Penn State team rise to the occasion when facing ranked opponents.
I have not watched PSU this season, so I will go with what I have seen (or rewatched via ESPN app). Feel Wisc at home has the edge. If this was the second match of the weekend then I would lean toward a sweep but being the first match of the weekend I can see a lot of back and forth early. Heck, even a few extra point sets (e.g., 29-27) in the first few sets. However, if PSU puts enough pressure at the service line targeting the Wisconsin L, then they could steal this one. Gut says that Wisc weathers an early storm, settles down and does their thing at home. Wisc in 4.
Post by Del Bocavista on Sept 30, 2022 12:27:46 GMT -5
This weekend is huge for Wisconsin. At their worst they lose both, at their best they win both. It's time for everyone to step up and start playing better and they could have a pretty good season. I expect the first 2 sets will be tight tonight, and the team that plays better (error-free) in the 20's will win.