We Are...A Dynasty!

If there was doubt before that Penn State's women's volleyball was a dynasty, it's all but evaporated now, as the Lions won their unprecedented third consecutive national title in dramatic fashion. After falling behind 0-2 to Texas, PSU made an incredible comeback to cap its second consecutive perfect season.

Much was made of Texas' approach to the title game with talk of being an underdog in a prize fight and donning boxing gloves before the bout. The concept worked early on for the Longhorns, as they had Penn State on the ropes, grabbing the first two sets 25-22 and 25-20.

PSU was clearly off its game early, but having won the past two titles, the team looked to its experience and did not panic. In the third set, the Nittany Lions fought back with a hard-fought 25-23 victory against an aggressive Longhorn attack.

PSU managed to pick up momentum in the fourth set with some aggressive attacking of its own. Tying things up with a 25-21 win.

Penn State stepped up its intensity and showed tremendous heart behind its AVCA National Player of the Year, Megan Hodges.

It almost seemed fitting that the preseason No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Texas were in the same positions in a title game that all came down to a final set.

Neither team would back off down the stretch as they were knotted at 12-12 before Penn State managed to put away the final set, 15-13, giving the Lions their 102nd consecutive victory and unprecedented third national title.

Penn State has been ranked No. 1 throughout the entire season and its 102-match win streak is the longest Division I winning streak in any women's sport.

Hodge led PSU with 21 kills, including the final one that sealed the victory.

"They just won three national championships in a row," Penn State head coach Russ Rose said. "Not a lot of people have done stuff like that. Our seniors just willed us to the win."

With the three consecutive national titles, the longest winning streak in NCAA women's sports and 18 straight NCAA tournament match victories, there's little doubt Penn State women's volleyball is now officially a dynasty.

The Nittany Lions have not dropped a match since losing to Stanford in September 2007.


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