PSU Sports

The Penn State hockey team (5-18-1) is experiencing a slump, losing 15 of their last 18 games, but success isn’t going to just happen in an instant where winning is a habit. Just a year ago, hockey was just a club sport at University Park, now they are in one of the best hockey conferences in the entire NCAA. Despite the “woes,” Penn State picked up a historic win, upsetting their conference rival, Michigan. It was their first Big Ten conference victory. The Lions definitely do not have an easy challenge ahead of them finishing the back half of their Big Ten schedule with both Michigan schools (#9 UM, MSU), #2 Minnesota, #23 Ohio State, and #8 Wisconsin.

The men’s volleyball team (10-2) has been absolutely dominate in their past ten games, sweeping seven of their last ten opponents. The Lions dropped their first two games games of the year in Honolulu, Hawaii in the Outrigger Invitational but have not looked back since, only losing 3 sets (33 total sets) since their last lost. The Lions have a couple months to go, but surely their eyes are on a NCAA Championship, a place in which they have been away from since 2010 in their loss to Stanford. The team looks to continue their success as they try to win a championship which has been just out of reach for nearly six years.

The men’s basketball team (13-14) is barely staying afloat, but they won four of their past six games. Last Wednesday, the Lions picked up a tremendous victory over Indiana in Bloomington where the Hoosiers are nearly perfect, losing twice out of 14 home games this season. It only took 36 minutes for Penn State to get it going. The Lions ended the game on a 13-1 run. Despite the large run, the game came down to the finals seconds. A steal by junior guard, DJ Newbill, with 12.3 seconds left in the game. The Lions, down one,  were in a position to win. 6.2 seconds later, one of the team’s best players in the past few years, their captain, and senior guard, Tim Frazier, embraced his role and took control on the court. He got the ball at halfcourt and crossed his defender up, taking him to the hoop and scoring winning the game for the Nittany Lions. As the Lions get closer and closer to the Big Ten Tournament they have a few major tests upcoming at home in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Penn State wrestling team (13-1) got little a bump last Sunday as they dropped their first match of the season to #3 Minnesota (18-17). Before the loss, the Lions were unbeaten in the NCAA going 12-0 and dominating their opponents and doing what they do best. Head Coach Cael Sanderson is trying to be first coach since John Smith from Oklahoma State, in 2006, to win four straight NCAA championships. He would only be the fourth coach in NCAA history to win four straight NCAA titles. A large portion of his success comes from an undefeated, 24-0, David Taylor. Zain Rutherford joins Taylor with 24 wins on the season as well (zero loses). The two have lead the Lions to another historic season and only plan to make more history in the upcoming weeks.