SERIES HISTORY - NORTHWESTERN • Penn State is 54-9 all-time against Northwestern in a series that began in 1981. • The Lions have won 31 of the past 32 meetings between the teams. The Wildcats last win came in 2015 and was followed by seven straight Penn State wins. • Penn State is 28-1 against Northwestern at Rec Hall. The Wildcats won in 1987, and the Lions won 28 straight after that. • The current senior class has never lost a set to Northwestern, sweeping all three matches.
SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN • Northwestern is 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten following a 3-2 loss to then-No. 7 Minnesota. The Wildcats led 2-1 in the match and had four chances at match point in the fourth set. • The Wildcats also have league losses to Nebraska (3-1) and Illinois (3-2) and a win over Rutgers (3-0). • Northwestern was picked ninth in the Big Ten Preseason Poll. Junior outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara was a Preseason All-Big Ten Selection.
I was at the 2015 loss. It seems that for a period of years, NW could at times give PSU a really good fight. Under the prior NW coach, NW always had a couple of really good players, just not enough of them. So they could, at times, give the opposition a really good battle.