Penn State Nabs Sixth National Title

Russ Rose's women's volleyball team tops Big Ten foe Wisconsin to claim another NCAA crown.

The Penn State women's volleyball team cruised to its record-tying sixth national championship in Seattle Saturday night. The No. 2 seed Nittany Lions beat No. 12 seed Wisconsin (25-19, 26-24, 25-20, 25-23) in the first-ever NCAA title tilt featuring two Big Ten teams.

The Badgers advanced to the final by stunning No. 1 Texas in a Friday semifinal. But they had no such luck against Penn State, which swept the regular-season series between the two teams (3-0, 3-0).

Penn State was not challenged in the first set. But in the second set, Wisconsin had set points but was waylaid by service errors. The Lions won on a pair of kills by Ariel Scott.

Wisconsin grabbed the third set, 25-20, using a 5-0 run midway through to pull away.

The Lions trailed in the fifth set, 23-20. But Micha Hancock's strong serving led a 5-0 run that sealed the title.

This is Penn State's fifth national title in the last seven years. Stanford is the only other program with six titles.

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