Penn State Nittany Lions women's volleyball
|Penn State Women's Volleyball|
|University||Pennsylvania State University|
|Location||University Park, PA|
|Head Coach||Russ Rose (33rd year)|
|Colors||Blue and White
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Champions|
|1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|1993, 1997, 1998|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012|
|AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Penn State has had a long tradition with its women's volleyball program. It was founded in 1976 by Tom Tait, long-time coach of the men's team, who coached the women's team from 1976–79 and was named a USA Volleyball All-Time great coach in 2007.
Russ Rose has been the head coach since 1979. He has led the program to five NCAA National Championships, in 1999 and each year from 2007 through 2010. Through 2011 he had an overall record of 1063–170 (an .862 winning percentage); in NCAA games his .869 percentage (997 W–150 L) ranked as the highest winning percentage in NCAA history. On September 21, 2007, Rose earned his 900th career victory with a win over Michigan State, becoming only the third Division I coach to reach the milestone. On December 17, 2009 Rose notched his 1,000th career win with a victory over Hawaii in four sets to advance to his third consecutive national championship game with the Nittany Lions. Two nights later, on December 19, his team earned their third consecutive national championship with a come-from-behind, 3 sets to 2 victory over Texas to run their consecutive match win streak to 102. It was the first time during the win streak (which later ended after 109 victories) that Penn State lost the first two sets.
Prior to entering the Big Ten Conference in 1991, Rose's teams experienced unprecedented success in the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning eight straight championships, never losing a conference match in that time.
In 1990, Penn State entered the NCAA tournament undefeated with a 42–0 record. The Nittany Lions swept Purdue and Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, before losing to Nebraska in the NCAA Regional Final. Of the team’s 44 wins, 40 were sweeps, a school and national record.
Penn State finished sixth in the final 1990 Tachikara Coaches Poll, the program’s highest final ranking ever at the time. In addition, Rose earned his first AVCA National Coach of the Year honor.
In 1993, the Nittany Lions surged into their third year of Big Ten play and won their second consecutive conference title. At the NCAA Tournament, the team strung together four victories and earned the right to play for the National Championship against Long Beach State.
In 1994, Rose coached the Nittany Lions to a second straight NCAA national semifinal appearance and picked up his 500th career win early in the season. Placing second in the Big Ten with a 17–3 conference mark, the Nittany Lions posted a 31–4 ledger on the year and ended the regular-season ranked No. 5, at the time their highest regular-season finish ever. Season highlights included beating eventual national runner-up and perennial powerhouse UCLA at the Volleyball Monthly Invitational and No. 1-ranked and undefeated Nebraska in Lincoln at the NCAA Mideast Regional final to advance to their second straight national semifinal.
In 1997, Rose's Nittany Lions finished as runners-up to Stanford in the NCAA National Championship game after defeating Florida, 3–0, in the semifinals. Penn State, favored to win, made their third Final Four appearance in five years. Terri Zemaitis was named the NCAA championship MVP.
After posting a runner-up finish in 1997, the Lions made it back to the NCAA Championship match in 1998. The team cruised through the regular season with a 30–0 mark, with 28 of those coming in three sets. Penn State also became only the second school to close out the Big Ten schedule with a perfect 20–0 mark.
After winning its fifth Big Ten title, Penn State hosted the NCAA First and Second rounds and the Central Regional. They swept past Bucknell, Clemson, Louisville and Brigham Young to earn a spot in the school’s fourth national semifinal. Once they reached the NCAA Final Four in Madison, Wisconsin, the season ended much like 1997. Penn State defeated Nebraska, 3–1, to advance to the national championship match. And once again, the Lions had to rally from a 0–2 deficit to force a fifth game, only to come up short against Long Beach State for the NCAA title. Despite losing, Cacciamani was named co-MVP for the tournament.
Rose led Penn State to the program's first NCAA National Championship (their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA title match) and their second-consecutive 20–0 record in Big Ten play (and fourth straight conference title), becoming the first team in conference history to pull off the feat. In the national semifinals, they defeated Pacific, 3–2, and in the finals they defeated Stanford, 3–0, with scores of 15–2, 15–10, 15–7, marking the first time all season that Stanford had been swept. Lauren Cacciamani was named the championship MVP for the second consecutive year. Bonnie Bremner and Cacciamani were also named first team All-Americans. Bremner became Penn State's first ever four-time All-American. Cacciamani was named the AVCA National Player of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year and the Honda Award winner for volleyball.
In addition, the 1999 Nittany Lions extended their NCAA record home-match winning streak to 80 straight (extended to 87 in 2000), eclipsing the previous standard of 58 set by Florida from 1990–94. The Lions streak was finally put to a halt at 87 matches with a loss to Minnesota on Sept. 29, 2000. Penn State had last dropped a match at Rec Hall on Nov. 24, 1994, when they suffered a 3–2 setback to Illinois, a span of over five seasons. The 87 home-match winning streak was only outranked by the basketball trio of Kentucky, 1943–55 (129); St. Bonaventure, 1948–61 (99) and UCLA, 1970–76 (98). Russ Rose earned his 700th career victory on September 15, 2000, in a sweep of West Virginia.
In 2005, the Nittany Lions claimed their third consecutive Big Ten title with an unblemished 20–0 league record, only the sixth time since 1985 that the champion had been perfect. Penn State also picked up the program's first ever AVCA National Freshman of the Year honors, for outside hitter Nicole Fawcett. Fawcett was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Penn State's fourth consecutive. Senior Kaleena Walters was named Penn State's first ever Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and senior Sam Tortorello was named the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year. Tortorello was also named a first-team All-American and a Honda Award nominee, while Fawcett and sophomore Melissa Walbridge were named second-team All-Americans. Walters and freshman Christa Harmotto were both named to the AVCA Honorable Mention All-America team.
In addition to dropping only three individual games during the conference season, Penn State swept all four major honors, becoming the first school to sweep the honors in the 22 years of Big Ten women's volleyball to that point. Rose also earned his seventh Big Ten Coach of the Year award. The main starting line-up for the season consisted of two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and two freshman.
In 2006, the Nittany Lions started out the season 21–0, before finishing with a 32–3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Final. The 2006 squad captured Penn State's fourth consecutive outright Big Ten championship, tying the Big Ten record of four straight, set by Penn State from 1996–99.
Freshman Sydnee Hudson made history as the first freshman to be named Big Ten Player of the Year in the 23-year history of the award to that point. Hodge also was named Penn State's second ever and second consecutive AVCA National Freshman of the Year, thus making Penn State the first school to win the award back-to-back. Hodge became the first ever volleyball player to win Gatorade National Player of the Year honors as a high school senior and then AVCA National Freshman of the Year honors in college. The Number 1 high school recruit also earned first team All-America honors, becoming only the third true freshman in seven years to be named to the first team. Sophomore Nicole Fawcett also picked up first team All-America honors, while sophomore Christa Harmotto earned her place on the second team. Rose earned his eighth Big Ten Coach of the Year award.
Penn State won its second NCAA National Championship in 2007, as well as the program's fifth consecutive outright Big Ten championship. The team finished with a 20–0 Big Ten record, the second time in the last three seasons the team accomplished the feat – and finished the season off with a 34–2 overall record. On October 29, Penn State got its first Number 1 ranking since winning the NCAA title in 1999 and became the first Big Ten school since 2004 to hold the top ranking.
In Big Ten awards, the program picked up three of four major honors, with junior Christa Harmotto taking Player of the Year, Arielle Wilson taking Freshman of the Year, and Rose taking Coach of the Year. Harmotto, sophomore Megan Hodge, and junior Nicole Fawcett picked up first-team AVCA All-America honors, while sophomore setter Alisha Glass picked up second-team All-America honors.
In the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the team swept Siena, Albany, Michigan, BYU and California leading into the final. Penn State, the third overall seed in the tournament, defeated Stanford, the first overall seed in the tournament, in the NCAA national championship match that took place on December 15, 2007, at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. After winning the first two sets, Stanford rallied to push the match to a decisive fifth set, which Penn State won, 15–8. With the win, the Nittany Lions avenged an earlier season loss to Stanford exactly three months before on September 15.
Penn State set two NCAA tournament records and achieved other milestones during the 2007 NCAA tournament:
- • Megan Hodge was named the championship MVP, the program's fourth all-time. Glass, Fawcett and Harmotto also earned spots on the seven-player Final Four All-Tournament team.
- • Penn State shattered the NCAA tournament record of .369 for hitting percentage, set by Long Beach State in 1995. PSU hit .424 in six matches.
- • Penn State tied the NCAA record for service aces in an NCAA Tournament with 43 in six matches, equaling the 1998 Long Beach State team that defeated Penn State for the national title.
- • Penn State set a school record for hitting percentage in a single match versus Albany in the second round (.602).
Russ Rose achieved several top honors, as he was named the AVCA Division I National Coach-of-the-Year, was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame, and coached his team to the national championship, all within the same week. His national Coach-of-the-Year honor made him the first Division I coach to win the award three times.
The 2008 team successfully defended their 2007 National College Athletic Association title, while also setting impressive NCAA records. Media coverage considered whether the 2008 Penn State women's volleyball team was perhaps the best team in NCAA history.
The Nittany Lions achieved what no other NCAA Division I, II, or III volleyball program could do – win every individual set of the regular season. Penn State also broke the NCAA record for consecutive matches won (52) with a sweep of Illinois, a mark that was previously held by USC. The 2008 team also broke the NCAA record for consecutive sets won, besting the previous recordholder, Florida, who had 105. The team won 111 straight sets up until the NCAA national semifinals. Penn State set a new rally era record (2001–present) for hitting percentage, finishing the season with a mark of .390, breaking the old mark of .369 set by Florida A&M. That was also the second-highest percentage of all-time for any era.
In Big Ten awards, Penn State placed Nicole Fawcett, Christa Harmotto, Arielle Wilson, Megan Hodge and Alisha Glass on the First Team All-Big Ten, while senior libero Roberta Holehouse earned her place on the Honorable Mention. Fawcett ended her Big Ten play being named unanimous First Team all four years, Big Ten Player-of-the-Week eight times (tying for second most all-time in the conference), the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2005 and the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2008.
In addition to having the Big Ten Player of the Year, Penn State's fourth straight honor in that category, Russ Rose was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches and media, the tenth such honor in his career.
A school record six players were placed on the AVCA All-Mideast Region team, with Fawcett, Harmotto, Wilson, Hodge, Glass and Blair Brown being recognized, more than any other program in the nation. Fawcett, Harmotto, Hodge and Glass then earned AVCA First Team All-America honors while Brown and Wilson earned second team honors. Six All-America honors on one team was an AVCA record.
Russ Rose repeated as the AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year, the first time a coach ever repeated the award. It was also the fourth time Rose claimed the top honors – more than any other coach in history. In addition, Fawcett was named the AVCA Division I National Player of the Year, which was Penn State's second ever, as Lauren Cacciamani earned the top award in 1999.
In the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Penn State earned the overall No. 1 seed. They swept Long Island, Yale, Western Michigan and California to advance to the NCAA Final Four, held at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. In the national semifinals, they defeated Nebraska, 3–2, in front of an NCAA record 17,430 fans. Nebraska was the only team in 2008 that won a set or more against Penn State. Nebraska's loss was their first loss in the state of Nebraska in 96 matches. In the NCAA national championship match, the Nittany Lions faced Stanford for the second straight year. It was the first time in NCAA history that the same two teams played each other in the NCAA championship in consecutive years. In the rematch, Penn State swept the Cardinal, 3–0, to win their second straight NCAA championship. The match was played in front of 14,299 fans, the third-highest attendance in NCAA history. Hodge was named the Most Outstanding Player for the national championship match for the second straight year. The team joined the 2003 USC team as the only repeat champions to go undefeated, finishing the season with a 38–0 record and a 114–2 record in individual sets. They also joined 2003 USC and 2006 Nebraska as the only teams to go wire-to-wire ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll.
Penn State captured its seventh consecutive and 13th overall Big Ten title after completing the regular season 32–0 (20–0 in the Big Ten) and going 96–5 in sets played. Penn State was led by seniors Megan Hodge and Alisha Glass, as well as juniors Blair Brown and Arielle Wilson.
The Nittany Lions did not lose a set in the NCAA Tournament until the national semifinals against Hawaii Rainbow Wahine but won that match, 3–1, to set up a showdown against the No. 2 Texas Longhorns. The match against Hawaii was Coach Rose's 1,000 career win, making him the fifth person to reach that mark, reaching the win by beating another member of the 1,000 Win Club, Hawaii's coach Dave Shoji, who achieved the milestone earlier that season on October 17. In the championship match, Texas grabbed a 2–0 set lead. During its winning streak, Penn State had never been down 0–2. Despite Tournament MVP Destinee Hooker's NCAA finals record 34 kills against Penn State, the Lions clawed their way back and won the match, 3–2. Penn State extended its win streak to 102 games with another perfect season, winning a record third consecutive championship. The team finished 38–0 for the second straight year, going 114–8 in set play, with a two-year record of 76–0 and 228–10 in set play.
In 2010 Penn State won its first seven matches, before having its record win streak snapped at 109 in a match against Stanford on September 11. They went 16–4 in Big Ten play and claimed their eighth consecutive Big 10 Conference championship (14th overall), matching the streak of eight consecutive Atlantic 10 Championships set during all eight years in that conference. Even though they dropped five matches, they won all 20 home matches (including postseason), extending their Rec Hall winning streak to 94 games, an NCAA record for consecutive home wins. This streak ended the following season on August 26, 2011 when the Nittany Lions dropped a 3-1 match to the Oregon Ducks.
The Nittany Lions posted a regular season record of 26–5 and earned the fourth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, keeping alive their streak of appearing in all 30 NCAA Tournaments. The team swept Niagara, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma in the first three rounds and defeated Duke, 3–1, in the Regional Final, advancing to their eighth Final Four. Penn State was the highest seed to advance to the Final Four, as the top three seeds were defeated in earlier rounds. In the national semifinals, the Nittany Lions faced the Texas Longhorns in a rematch of the 2009 NCAA National Championship. The team swept the Longhorns and advanced to their seventh championship match. In the finals the Nittany Lions faced the California Golden Bears, marking the fourth consecutive year Penn State faced Cal in the NCAA Tournament. Penn State won the match, claiming its record fourth consecutive national championship and fifth overall, with a final record of 32–5. The Nittany Lions had to that point won 24 consecutive postseason games, another NCAA record. The standout 6'1" freshman Deja McClendon was named the MVP of the game, and Cal's Carly Lloyd was named NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Player-of-the-Year. The championship was Coach Russ Rose's fifth, the record for a single coach in NCAA history. Seniors Arielle Wilson, Blair Brown, Alyssa D'Errico, Cathy Qulico, and Fatima Balza all graduated with four national championships, the only class in NCAA history to achieve that feat. Wilson and Brown trained with the USA national team in the summer, seeking roster spots for Team USA.
Program record and history 
The program is one of only 2 Division I schools to make every single NCAA tournament appearance (1981–2010).
|1977||Tom Tait||25–18||EAIAW Participant|
|1978||Tom Tait||20–14–1||EAIAW Participant|
|1979||Russ Rose||32–9||EAIAW Participant|
|1980||Russ Rose||34–11||EAIAW & AIAW Participant|
|1981||Russ Rose||44–5||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1982||Russ Rose||26–15||NCAA First round|
|' (Atlantic 10) (1983–1990)|
|1983||Russ Rose||36–10||5–0||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1984||Russ Rose||30–6||8–0||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1985||Russ Rose||31–5||5–0||1st||NCAA First round|
|1986||Russ Rose||38–5||7–0||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1987||Russ Rose||27–9||8–0||1st||NCAA First round|
|1988||Russ Rose||36–4||8–0||1st||NCAA First round|
|1989||Russ Rose||34–7||8–0||1st||NCAA First round|
|1990||Russ Rose||44–1||8–0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|' (Big Ten) (1991–present)|
|1991||Russ Rose||26–6||15–5||2nd||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1992||Russ Rose||28–4||19–1||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1993||Russ Rose||31–5||18–2||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|1994||Russ Rose||31–4||17–3||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|1995||Russ Rose||27–8||14–6||3rd||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1996||Russ Rose||31–3||18–2||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1997||Russ Rose||34–2||19–1||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|1998||Russ Rose||35–1||20–0||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|1999||Russ Rose||36–1||20–0||1st||NCAA Champions|
|2000||Russ Rose||30–6||16–4||3rd||NCAA Regional Final|
|2001||Russ Rose||22–8||14–6||3rd||NCAA Second round|
|2002||Russ Rose||30–6||14–6||2nd||NCAA Second round|
|2003||Russ Rose||31–5||17–3||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2004||Russ Rose||29–3||18–2||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2005||Russ Rose||31–3||20–0||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2006||Russ Rose||32–3||18–2||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2007||Russ Rose||34–2||20–0||1st||NCAA Champions|
|2008||Russ Rose||38–0||20–0||1st||NCAA Champions|
|2009||Russ Rose||38–0||20–0||1st||NCAA Champions|
|2010||Russ Rose||32–5||16–4||1st||NCAA Champions|
|2011||Russ Rose||25-8||16–4||2nd||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2012||Russ Rose||33-3||19–1||1st||NCAA Final Four|
Honors & Award history 
Atlantic 10 Awards 
Big Ten Awards 
Penn State has received 13 Player of the Year honors, 11 Freshman of the Year honors, 2 Defensive Player of the Year honors, and 1 Setter of the Year honor. Rose has picked up a total of 13 Coach of the Year honors.
Other awards 
Penn State has a long history of All-Americans. In 32 of 33 seasons under Rose, there has been at least one All-American named from his team.
Penn State has had 26 (second all-time) different AVCA All-Americans earning 54 certificates (third all-time), including 30 First Team selections (third all-time). In 2008, Penn State landed an AVCA record six All-Americans, four of whom were on First Team.
|1979||Ellen Crandell||1995||Terri Zemaitis|
|1980||Ellen Crandell||1996||Terri Zemaitis**; Bonnie Bremner; Angie Kammer|
|1981||Ellen Crandell||1997||Terri Zemaitis**; Bonnie Bremner**; Lauren Cacciamani|
|1982||Lori Barberich**||1998||Lindsay Anderson; Bonnie Bremner**; Lauren Cacciamani**|
|1983||Lori Barberich||1999||Bonnie Bremner**; Lauren Cacciamani**|
|1984||Lori Barberich**||2000||Mishka Levy|
|1985||Ellen Hensler||2002||Cara Smith**|
|1986||Ellen Hensler||2003||Cara Smith**; Erin Iceman; Sam Tortorello|
|1987||Noelle Zientara||2004||Syndie Nadeau; Sam Tortorello**|
|1988||Noelle Zientara||2005||Nicole Fawcett; Sam Tortorello**; Melissa Walbridge;|
|1989||JoAnn Elwell; Michelle Jaworski||2006||Nicole Fawcett**; Christa Harmotto; Megan Hodge**|
|1990||Noelle Zientara; JoAnn Elwell; Michelle Jaworski**||2007||Nicole Fawcett**; Christa Harmotto**; Megan Hodge**; Alisha Glass|
|1991||Leanne Kling||2008||Nicole Fawcett**; Christa Harmotto**; Megan Hodge**; Alisha Glass**, Blair Brown, Arielle Wilson|
|1992||Leanne Kling**; Salima Davidson||2009||Megan Hodge**; Alisha Glass**; Blair Brown**; Arielle Wilson**|
|1993||Salima Davidson||2010||Blair Brown**, Arielle Wilson**, Deja McClendon|
|1994||Salima Davidson**; Laura Cook; Saundi Lamoureux||2011||Deja McClendon**, Katie Slay, Ariel Scott|
** Denotes First Team selection
See also 
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- 1998 women's volleyball schedule
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- "September 19, 2000 match notes". Penn State Athletics. September 19, 2000. Retrieved June 12, 2008.
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- Women's volleyball captures 1,000th program win
- AVCA Hall of Fame Members
- AVCA Division I All-America record book (PDF)