October 8, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions setter Micha Hancock (12) during the game with the Illinois Fighting Illini at Rec Hall. Illinois defeated Penn State 3 sets to 2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Weekend Preview


Need an excuse to put off the holiday shopping for a few more days?  We’ve got you covered with a bunch of Penn State action this weekend.  Check out what the Nittany Lions are up to.

August 27, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State setter Micha Hancock (12) serves the ball against Southern California at Rec Hall. Penn State defeated Southern California 3 sets to 2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

The top seeded Penn State women’s volleyball team is in West Lafayette, continuing their quest for a 5th national championship in 6 years.  The Lions take on 16th seed Kentucky Friday night at 5:00 in a regional semi-final match that can be seen live on ESPN3.com.  The winner of that match faces 8th overall seed Minnesota, or unseeded Purdue.  Penn State swept Binghampton and Bowling Green last weekend in Rec Hall to advance to the regional semi finals.  PSU owns a 5-1 record all time against Kentucky, but has not faced the Wildcats since 1986.  Should PSU win Friday, they face two teams they have a combined 4-0 record against this season, beating both the Gophers and Boilermakers at home and on the road this season.  Saturday’s possible match will air live on ESPNU.

On the ice, both the men’s and women hockey teams are in action this weekend as well.  Coming off a 1-1 series split vs. ACHA Arizona State last weekend, the men’s team heads to Worcester, Massachusetts to face Holy Cross.  The Lions sit at 6-5-0 on the season, while the Crusaders are 7-4-2.  The series opens at 7:00 on Friday night, and wraps up with a 5:00 face off Saturday evening.  The women’s squad is back on the road in Canton, NY to play St. Lawrence.  After being swept by #4 Mercyhurst last weekend, PSU is 5-10-1.  Game 1 is Friday night at 7, and the finale at 2:00 on Saturday.

The Jordan Center will be busy with both basketball squads in action.  Pat Chambers’ men’s squad returns to the Jordan Center, looking to stay above .500 vs. Army Saturday at 4:00.  Penn State fell apart in the final 25 minutes at The Palestra on Wednesday, falling 82-57 to LaSalle.  That loss knocked PSU to 4-4 on the season.  Prior to Saturday’s game, the football seniors will sign autographs, and the 2012 squad will be recognized.  After a Thursday night loss on the road against 2nd ranked UConn, the 10th ranked Lady Lions go for win win number 7 on the season against Georgetown on Sunday at 2:00.  The men’s game can be seen on BTN at 4:00, with the women tipping off at 2:00.

Across campus at Rec Hall, the two time defending national champion and top ranked wrestling squad kicks off Big 10 action, hosting Indiana at 2:00 on Sunday.  Penn State has knocked off Lehigh and West Virginia in dual meets thus far, and won 5 titles at last week’s Nittany Lion Open, with 10 total wrestlers reaching finals.

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