“It’s obviously nice to finally have an extended period of time where we don’t have to travel, especially since these road trips have been so challenging,” coach Russ Rose said. “I think the players enjoy playing at home in front of our crowd, and it also makes it easier on them to do everyday things, like studying and sleeping in their own beds every night.”
“We’ve played some really challenging matches so far this season, and I think our team has shown a lot of tenacity and heart in coming out on top in all of them, especially the long five-setters,” senior Simone Lee said. “I’m really proud of the way we’ve competed so far and we’re continuing to grow and get more confident every day.”
There are a number of positive things Penn State will take away from the extended time on the road. However, nothing beats playing in a raucous Rec Hall.
“The time on the road was fun and great for our team, but I think we’re all just so happy to be back home,” senior Ali Frantti said. “A lot of us are excited to be practicing in our home gym and for some of us it’ll be our last home opener, so I’m definitely looking forward to Friday night.”