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OT: Penn State Women's Volleyball vs. Texas in NCAA Semi-Finals


#1

The Match: Penn State (30-5) vs. Texas (27-5)

When & Where: December 16, 2010, 7:00 p.m. ET.; Kansas City Sprint Center

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Expect the Great!

Penn State will face Texas on Thursday in the first of two 2010 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament Semi-Final Matches. We’ve posted a match preview at http://www.dignittanyvolleyball.com/?p=9711

For so many reasons, we think it will be a great match, and we can hardly wait! Texas is, after all, the team that came within a whisker of beating Penn State in last year’s match-for-the-ages Final! (well, not exactly the same team – Texas lost AVCA 1st Team All-Americans Ashley Engle (RS/S) and Destinee Hooker (OH), along with libero Heather Kisner, from its 2009 squad, and Penn State lost AVCA 1st Team All-Americans 6-3 OH Megan Hodge and 6-0 S Alisha Glass, along with an injured 6-2 OH Darcy Dorton).

Then there’s the obvious “one-and-done” aspect to a Semi-Final match — with the winner moving on to the Finals, and the loser, well, done.

Who’s hot? Texas has 19 consecutive wins, so they’re red hot. Penn State lost its final match of the regular season to Minnesota, but they’ve only lost one set in the NCAA Tournament and they’re coming off a solid win over #12-seeded Duke, so both teams are playing very well.

We’re obviously rooting for Penn State, but whichever team you’re rooting for, expect great play by your team, and great volleyball all around!

As Jonathan Nelson says in his song – Expect the Great! (we’ve included the video, and whether or not you like Gospel music, if this doesn’t get you hoppin’, you need new batteries!)


#2

How neat is this?

Blair Brown will miss her graduation this weekend because she’ll be in Kansas City competing, so Graham Spanier made up for it with a little ceremony of his own.


#3

So how does this work? I thought that you couldn’t practice or compete in a sport during finals week. However, they are obviously at practice in that photo and they obviously must practice during this week or they would be at a MAJOR competitive disadvantage. If I had to guess, I would say that they filed a “conflict” and made all of their finals occure during Monday or Tuesday, maybe not though. Do you know, Lar?

Also, judging by the shoes and lack of pants, I imagine that this “ceremony” was impromptu and probably a surprise to her. Nicely done.

p.s. Let’s hope that she passed/passes all of her finals, otherwise this could be a bit premature :wink:


#4

[quote=“State4Life, post:3, topic:1645”]So how does this work? I thought that you couldn’t practice or compete in a sport during finals week. However, they are obviously at practice in that photo and they obviously must practice during this week or they would be at a MAJOR competitive disadvantage. If I had to guess, I would say that they filed a “conflict” and made all of their finals occure during Monday or Tuesday, maybe not though. Do you know, Lar?

Also, judging by the shoes and lack of pants, I imagine that this “ceremony” was impromptu and probably a surprise to her. Nicely done.

p.s. Let’s hope that she passed/passes all of her finals, otherwise this could be a bit premature ;)[/quote]

There’s no NCAA rule against practicing or playing during finals. The Big Ten has a policy of not scheduling any games during finals but teams can still practice.


#5

[quote=“State4Life, post:3, topic:1645”]So how does this work? I thought that you couldn’t practice or compete in a sport during finals week. However, they are obviously at practice in that photo and they obviously must practice during this week or they would be at a MAJOR competitive disadvantage. If I had to guess, I would say that they filed a “conflict” and made all of their finals occure during Monday or Tuesday, maybe not though. Do you know, Lar?

Also, judging by the shoes and lack of pants, I imagine that this “ceremony” was impromptu and probably a surprise to her. Nicely done.

p.s. Let’s hope that she passed/passes all of her finals, otherwise this could be a bit premature ;)[/quote]

Surprise or planned, there’s no need for her to change out of her practice uniform for the ceremony.

If she scheduled right, she’ll be taking just one class like ballroom dancing or something so finals won’t be much of a problem.


#6

Video

Penn State Women’s Volleyball: Blair Brown Commencement Ceremony at Practice


#7
So how does this work? I thought that you couldn't practice or compete in a sport during finals week. However, they are obviously at practice in that photo and they obviously must practice during this week or they would be at a MAJOR competitive disadvantage. If I had to guess, I would say that they filed a "conflict" and made all of their finals occure during Monday or Tuesday, maybe not though. Do you know, Lar?

Also, judging by the shoes and lack of pants, I imagine that this “ceremony” was impromptu and probably a surprise to her. Nicely done.

p.s. Let’s hope that she passed/passes all of her finals, otherwise this could be a bit premature :wink:

Surprise or planned, there’s no need for her to change out of her practice uniform for the ceremony.

If she scheduled right, she’ll be taking just one class like ballroom dancing or something so finals won’t be much of a problem.


??? It’s her final semester, so I would think that she may have some important studies. During my final semester at PSU I took 21 credits (some graduate work, of course I spent 12 credits during the summer in SA to finish my grad work, and then only proceeded to take a leave of absence this last semester, and will student teach and finally graduate this spring, long story). Not trying to sound pompous or anything, but just saying that during her last semester, she prob took sat least one important class - you have to be a full-time student to be on ship, right?

#8
[quote="State4Life, post:3, topic:1645"]So how does this work? I thought that you couldn't practice or compete in a sport during finals week. However, they are obviously at practice in that photo and they obviously must practice during this week or they would be at a MAJOR competitive disadvantage. If I had to guess, I would say that they filed a "conflict" and made all of their finals occure during Monday or Tuesday, maybe not though. Do you know, Lar?

Also, judging by the shoes and lack of pants, I imagine that this “ceremony” was impromptu and probably a surprise to her. Nicely done.

p.s. Let’s hope that she passed/passes all of her finals, otherwise this could be a bit premature ;)[/quote]

Surprise or planned, there’s no need for her to change out of her practice uniform for the ceremony.

If she scheduled right, she’ll be taking just one class like ballroom dancing or something so finals won’t be much of a problem.


??? It’s her final semester, so I would think that she may have some important studies. During my final semester at PSU I took 21 credits (some graduate work, of course I spent 12 credits during the summer in SA to finish my grad work, and then only proceeded to take a leave of absence this last semester, and will student teach and finally graduate this spring, long story). Not trying to sound pompous or anything, but just saying that during her last semester, she prob took sat least one important class - you have to be a full-time student to be on ship, right?

She’s in her fifth year plus she’s been here some, if not all, summers. During your final semester, you do not have to be a full time student, you just need to take one course. If you are able to do so, you schedule your course load so that you take as light a load as possible so that you can concentrate on a fulfilling last season, hence the ballroom dancing remark. If I had to make a bet, I’d wager that her course load this semester isn’t very heavy.


#9

what a great video. I almost liked Spanier for a couple of minutes there :wink: I kid, I kid. Blair is an unbelievable athlete though and even better person, one of the nicest girls I know. Truly one of the best student-athletes PSU’s had. It would be awesome to see her and the girls get #4 straight, they’re the best.


#10

BTN video - Blair Brown prepares for the NCAA Semifinals


#11

First set to Penn State. Second set is tied at 7.


#12

Up 2-0…25-13, 25-13…such domination…wow.


#13

Looking good so far. Hope they can finish this off.


#14

On to the finals. Can we make it 4 in a row?


#15

we’ve done it before. why can’t we do it again. at penn state, we are good at volleyball.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/sports/sweeps-120652-college-texas.html

“It’s a great feeling, but we’re not celebrating yet,” Penn State defensive specialist Alyssa D’Errico said. “We have one more match to play. Our goals are the same, the program’s goals are the same. It’s about tradition and upholding that tradition and getting to a final is not our goal. Our goal is to win.” :smiley:


#16

I saw we were up 2 sets to none and figured that we would bet Texas. Hope the girls can win the whole thing.


#17

The crazy thing is, there are senior starters on the team that have never competed in a collegiate season where they did not win the national championship. 4x, that almost blows my mind.


#18

One of the comments last night had to do with last year’s senior class. They said that they had only lost someting like 4 matches their ENTIRE CAREER. Was it something like 120-4?


#19

USAToday has a graphic regarding Women’s Volleyball…

Most Division I women’s volleyball championship appearances