Friday, July 31, 2015

Penn St. sweeps to volleyball title

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Blair Brown and Erica Denney celebrate after beating Cal to win the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Blair Brown and Erica Denney celebrate after beating Cal to win the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Penn State won its fourth straight NCAA women's volleyball title Saturday night, sweeping upstart California in three sets behind the power of Blair Brown and Deja McClendon and a gutsy performance in the key second set.

Brown had 18 kills and 10 digs, and McClendon added 16 kills for the Nittany Lions (32-5), who won 19 of their last 20 matches and extended their record number of consecutive national titles.

Penn State won by 25-20, 27-25, 25-20. After Katie Slay put down an easy kill to finish the match, she welcomed her teammates with open arms as they mobbed her.

The Golden Bears (30-4), who had won each of their previous five tournament matches by sweeps, lost by 3-0 for the first time since Penn State beat them in last year's regional final.

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    Associated Press
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