Penn State Defeats Colorado State In NCAA Women's Volleyball Pacific Regional Semifinal

Dec. 7, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- Mishka Levy recorded 20 kills Thursday as the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the No. 6 Colorado State Rams in four games, 9-15, 15-11, 15-12, 15-7, in an NCAA Pacific Regional Semifinal at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Penn State, the defending NCAA champion, advances to face the winner of tonight's USC-Florida match on Friday (Dec. 8) at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Penn State (30-5) hit only .049 in the pivotal third game, but the Nittany Lions were able to take advantage at the right time. Colorado State committed 24 service errors for the match, which proved to be costly.

'I thought it was a tough match to play just because it didn't have that home-court feel,' said Penn State Head Coach Russ Rome. 'We played hard, but we didn't play necessarily well.'

Katie Schumaker had 15 kills for Penn State while Robyn Guokas and Amanda Rome recorded 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Schumaker led both teams with 16 digs.

Courtney Cox led the Rams with 21 kills while Angela Knopf had 20 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. The Rams also outblocked the Nittany Lions by a 17-6 margin.

'I thought this match was winnable if we had served the ball better,' said Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert. 'Penn State made the plays at the right time. They served well.'

Colorado State finishes the 2000 season with a 32-5 record.

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