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Penn State Volleyball Struggling

The dynastic Penn State women's volleyball team, currently three-time defending national champions, had perhaps an even tougher weekend than the football team, dropping matches to both Purdue, who last defeated Penn State in 1987, and Indiana, previously 0-40 all-time against Penn State. The Nittany Lions are now 13-4 on the season after winning more than 100 consecutive matches between 2007 and the beginning of 2010 and have dropped to 3-3 in the conference. Don't worry too much about Penn State's ladies, though.

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Karch Kiraly, an ESPN volleyball analyst and current assistant coach for the U.S. women’s national team, said he understands why some fans would be surprised at the Purdue and Indiana upsets.

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"By putting together the achievements that Russ Rose and his team did, Penn State set the bar high," Kiraly said. "Expectations were at levels they have never been at before. So yes, they will lose a couple matches. But Rose does a fantastic job with that program. Penn State will be just fine."

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Penn State will host Minnesota and Iowa this weekend at Rec Hall.

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In related volleyball news, senior middle hitter Arielle Wilson was named as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award on Monday.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.