Highly-ranked Penn St. tops U of L in Volleyball

(From U of L sports information)

Lola Arslanbekova's 18 kills and eight digs were not enough firepower to turn away No. 3-ranked Penn State as the University of Louisville volleyball team fell 25-20, 25-17, 25-18 Saturday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Nittany Lions were led by Ariel Scott's 13 kills and four blocks to go along with Louisvillian Deja McClendon's 11 kills and 11 digs to put PSU's record at 3-0. U of L's Kaitlynn James had five kills and 3 digs. Caitlin Welch had a match-high 15 digs and played before a record crowd of 4,312 in the KFC Yum! Center.

"Congratulations to Deja McClendon, it is great to see a hometown girl come home and do great," said Anne Kordes, U of L head coach. "I was pleased with our preparation and our fitness level and our level of training. Penn State just took us out of our game which is what good teams do. This will be good for us, this is the reason we play this kind of matchup and learn from it. "