How it Happened
No. 20 Penn State got off to a dominant start, downing Rhode Island 25-6 in the opening set. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 7-0 lead and closed the set out on a 6-0 run for the 1-0 advantage.
The second set was much closer, with URI overcoming an early deficit and tying the score at 7-7, 8-8, 9-9 and 10-10. Penn State began to distance itself from there however, outscoring Rhode Island 15-8 down the stretch to go up 2-0.
The Rams scored the first four points of the third set and led 7-4 before the Nittany Lions reeled off seven straight points to take over the lead for good.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Audrey Castro let the Rams with eight kills on the night. She also added five digs and a pair of blocks
- Senior Layne Self had seven kills and a team-high three blocks.
- Senior Callan Kinnan recorded 17 assists, six digs and one solo block.
- Junior Jessie Blaze finished with nine digs while sophomore Olivia Budinich had eight.
Stat of the Match
4 - The Rams were swept for just the fourth time in the team's last 44 matches, dating back to the 2014 season.
Rhody closes out play at the Penn State Invitational on Saturday, facing Clemson at 1:00 p.m. and Howard at 4:30 p.m.