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Oct. 25, 1997

Women's Volleyball Falls to No. 1 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-No. 1 Penn State (21-0, 10-0 BIG TEN) completed the first half of the BIG TEN season by defeating No. 25 Michigan State (16-7, 6-4 BIG TEN), 15-9, 15-6, 15-9. 3,785 fans filled Rec Hall to watch the Lions upend their eighth top 25 opponent of the season.

The victory extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 28 consecutive matches, dating back to Nov. 25, 1995. In addition, Penn State also won its 34th regular season match in a row, as well as its consecutive BIG TEN battle.

The Nittany Lions won despite recording a season-low five team blocks as well as allowing Michigan State to hit .250 -- a Lion opponent season-best. However, Penn state hit .438 as a team, making only 11 errors in the process.

"I don't think we blocked as well as we could, but that says a lot about Michigan State," noted Penn State head coach Russ Rose. "I thought our effort was better than Wednesday night at Indiana. We have to take care of the small things and prepare for Wisconsin and winning the BIG TEN title.

Junior outside hitter Christy Cochran (Bethlehem, Pa.0 blasted a team-high 15 kills in 21 attempts with no errors, for a career-best .714 hitting percentage, while posting 11 digs. Sophomore middle hitter Lauren Cacciamani (Paramus, N.J) chipped in with 14 kills and a .542 hitting percentage and Junior Lindsay Anderson notched 11 kills and a match-best 12 digs.

The Spartan's only player to reach double-digit kills was junior outside hitter Jenna Wrobel, who posted a match-high 23 kills and six digs. Senior middle hitter Lindsey Clayton led Michigan State with eight digs.

"I think Penn State is for real," said Michigan State head coach Chuck Erbe. "They're going to embarrass a lot of people. I wish my team was like Penn State."

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