Friday, November 20, 2009

Penn State Nittany Lions

The current Penn State Nittany Lions Women's Volleyball team has an extremely impressive streak going currently. They have won 82 straight games, and are back to back national champions. The Nittany Lions have been ranked number one all season for the past two years, and have produced countless all americans. They have easily handled all other teams they have faced in the top ten. They are currently tied for second in the NCAA women's history books for consecutive wins, tied with North Carolina Women's Soccer. They will play this coming weekend for the most consecutive wins all time for women's sports. Not only are they closing in on the women's record, but they sit only 6 games away from breaking the NCAA all-time record set by John Wooden and UCLA (discussed earlier) with 88 consecutive victories. Their roster last year saw 4 of the 6 starters earning first team All-American honors, with the other 2 starters being named to the second team. The Nittany Lions have not lost a game since October 8, 2006.

Last season, the Nittany Lions defeated Stanford in the National Championship game 3-0. The season, the Nittany Lions are just two wins away from taking the Big 10 title and clinch its seventh straight outright title. A win tonight will also see Penn State breaking the North Carolina women's soccer team current record of 92 straight victories. The Nittany Lions tied the record last weekend with a win against Northwestern. Penn State has been the unanimous number one vote on the rankings all season, and received 60 number one votes in the latest poll. This says a lot about the Nittany Lions, since 3 other Big 10 teams also find themselves in the top 15. Illinois is number 5, Minnesota is number 12, and Michigan is number 14. Head coach Russ Rose has been very successful and has built a volleyball empire at Penn State. It is one of the most respected collegiate programs in the nation, and they are well on their way to a third straight NCAA title.

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