SEATTLE Ariel Scott had 21 kills and Katie Slay added 14 to give Penn State a 3-1 victory over scrappy Wisconsin on Saturday night for the Nittany Lions’ sixth NCAA volleyball championship.
Howland High graduate Nia Grant is a junior outside hitter for the Nittany Lions.
Deja McClendon’s tap over the net for match point gave second-seeded Penn State (34-3) a 25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23 victory. It was the Nittany Lions’ first NCAA title since their historic run of four straight from 2007-2010.
The 12th-seeded Badgers (28-10) were the lowest seed ever to make it to the final match.
McClendon finished with 11 kills for Penn State, which is 6-3 overall in NCAA championship matches. Megan Courtney had 20 digs.
Dominique Thompson had 16 kills for Wisconsin and 5-foot-7 outside hitter Deme Morales added 15. The Badgers were making their first appearance in the championship match since 2000, when they fell to Nebraska in five sets.