The Greatest Players in Penn State Women's Volleyball History

Penn State: The Program (Trailer)
To make 36 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, win seven national championships, and 16 Big Ten titles and post an all-time record of 1,264-236-4, a program has to have a LOT of star power.

More incredible athletes who we could possibly name or list have come through the Penn State women's volleyball program, but these 15 are the best of the best.

Want to learn more about the history of the Penn State women's volleyball program? Watch FloVolleyball's original documentary "Penn State: The Program."


18. Katie Slay | Middle Blocker | 2010-13

A three-time All-American and two-time national champion, Katie Slay's collegiate performance has cemented her names in the Penn State and NCAA Division I record books. Her .404 career hitting percentage ranks 15th in NCAA Division I, and with 1.63 blocks per set during her senior season in 2013, she clocks in at 14th in the NCAA record book. In a match at Michigan on October 20, 2012, she set the school record for blocks in a five-set match with 12.

17. Blair Brown Lipsitz | Opposite | 2007-2010

A four-time national champion and three-time All-American, Blair Brown Lipsitz was the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year and the winner of the Honda Sports Award that same season. She contributed to Penn State's legendary streak of 109 consecutive victories, and in the record books, she trails only Megan Hodge for most kills in a single season with 521 her senior year.

16. Samantha Ream (née Tortorello) | Setter | 2002-05

Samantha Ream was only the second Penn State player to earn the title of Big Ten Freshman of the Year when she received the honor in 2002. That season, she set 30-point rally-scoring era school record for assists in a three-, four-, and five-set match and aces in a three-, four-, and five-set match. As a senior, Ream earned the Big Ten Player of the Year honor and finished her career as second in the Penn State record books career assists with 6,087 and first in career assists per set with 13.35.

15. Alyssa D'Errico | Libero | 2007-2010

In a four-year career that featured as many national championships, libero Alyssa D'Errico collected 1,245 digs. Her first two seasons she played defensive specialist and served, subbing in for Blair Brown throughout the 2008 season. A threat behind the service line, D'Errico ranks eighth in Penn State history with 146 career aces.

14. Ariel Scott | Opposite | 2010-13

Three-time All-American Ariel Scott won national championships with her team as a freshman and as a senior. In 2012, she added Big Ten Player of the Year to her first-team All-America honors. By the end of her illustrious career, Scott had set school 25-point rally-scoring era record for kills in a four- and five-set match and points in a four- and five-set match.

13. Michelle Jaworski | Setter | 1987-90

Two-time All-American Michelle Jaworski was the first in a long line of elite setters to come out of the Penn State women's volleyball program. With 6,596 assists in her career, she remains the leader in the school record books, and only BYU's Tami Hamilton had more assists than Jaworski in the NCAA from 1981-2000.

12. Deja McClendon | Outside Hitter | 2010-13

Deja McClendon was extraordinary from the moment she joined the Penn State team in 2010. She earned the AVCA National Freshman of the Year honors that season, as well as second-team All-America and Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament, not to mention a national championship. She was a first-team All-American as a sophomore and ended her career earning All-America honors in all four of her seasons and winning a second national title in 2013 as a senior. Her 1,872 career points ranks seventh in Penn State history, and she's eighth in sets played with 494.

11. Terri Zemaitis-Boumans | Middle Blocker | 1994-97

Terri Zemaitis-Boumans left Penn State in 1997 as the Nittany Lions' leader in career blocks (736) and was second in career kills (1,842), kills per set (4.02), and total attacks (4,084). Although many of those records have since been bested, Zemaitis-Boumans remains one of the top players to come through Rec Hall. The 1995 Big Ten Player of the Year and 1997 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, she was a three-time first-team All-American and spent some time with the U.S. women's national team after graduating and played at the 1998 FIVB Women's World Championships in Japan.

10. Micha Hancock | Setter | 2011-2014

A smart setter and aggressive server, Micha Hancock quarterbacked her Penn State squad to two consecutive national championships in 2013 and 2014. Her 380 career aces and .76 career aces per set lead not only every Penn State player in history, but also put her fourth in the NCAA Division I record books. A three-time First Team All-American and the 2014 AVCA National Player of the Year, Hancock ranks fifth in Penn State history with 5,578 career assists.

9. Salima Rockwell (née Davidson) | Setter | 1991-94

Not only was Salima Rockwell one of the best players to come through the Nittany Lion women's volleyball program, but she also continues to contribute to Penn State's success as an associate head coach. The 1993 Big Ten player of the Year ranks fifth at Penn State in career assists/set (12.34), sixth in career assists (5,455), and seventh in career digs (1,278), and she played on the national team after graduating from Penn State, serving as team captain in 1997 and 1998. As a coach, she has four national championships: at Texas in 2012 and three at Penn State in 2007, 2008, and 2014.


8. Bonnie Bremner-Pettigrew | Setter | 1996-99

Bonnie Bremner-Pettigrew was a senior setter on the first-ever Penn State national championship team. She was named to the all-tournament team that season, along with teammates Lauren Cacciamani and Carrie Schonveld. In 1996, as a freshman, she earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and was the Big Ten Player of the Year the following two seasons. Bremner-Pettigrew ranks third at Penn State in career assists with 5,911 and second for career assists/set with 12.52.

7. Alisha Glass | Setter | 2006-09

Alisha Glass was the primary setter for the 2016 U.S. women's Olympic team, but before becoming an international superstar, she started at the setter position all four years at Penn State, quarterbacking her team to three straight national championships. Her 12.50 assists per set in 2008 put her sixth in the NCAA Division I record book during the 25-point rally-scoring era. At Penn State, she's fourth in career assists and assists per set (5,800/12.47) and holds the 30-point rally-scoring era record for blocks in a five-set match, posting 14 against Illinois on October 19, 2007.

6. Arielle Wilson | Middle Blocker | 2007-10

In four seasons, Arielle Wilson accumulated a hitting percentage of .468, the highest in Penn State history. A defensive asset as well, Wilson ranks fourth at Penn State with 572 career block assists and fifth in career solo blocks with 633. In a match versus Michigan in 2009, she hit .696, setting the school record for hitting percentage in a five-set match. Her .540 hitting percentage in 2009 is an NCAA Division I record, and she ranks second in the NCAA in career hitting percentage. Did we mention that three-time All-American Wilson won a national championship in each of her four seasons at Penn State?

5. Christa Dietzen (née Harmotto) | Middle Blocker | 2005-08

One of the key members of the 2007 and 2008 national championship teams, three-time All-American Christa Dietzen earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors in 2007. She's second at Penn State in career hitting percentage (.433), third in career block assists (581), fourth in career total blocks (682) and career blocks per set (1.55), and seventh in career solo blocks (101). Her 2007 hitting percentage of .492 ranks third in NCAA DI during the 30-point rally-scoring era, while her 2008 percentage of .486 ranks her fourth in the 25-point rally scoring era. Since graduating, Dietzen has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's national team: silver in 2012 and bronze in 2016.

4. Lauren Cacciamani-Tom | Middle Blocker | 1996-99

After runner-up finishes in 1997 and 1998, Lauren Cacciamani-Tom led Penn State to its first women's volleyball national championship in 1999. With 20 kills and eight blocks in the final against Stanford, Cacciamani-Tom earned the tournament Most Outstanding Player award. That year she also won the Honda Volleyball Award, Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Athlete of the Year, and shared the national Player of the Year honor with Kerri Walsh Jennings. She ranks fifth in all-time career kills (1,750), kills per set (3.77), hitting percentage (.391), and points (2,267) at Penn State and is second in career block assists with 606.

3. Nicole Fawcett | Outside Hitter | 2005-08

Only in her freshman season did Nicole Fawcett fail to make first-team All-American. She did, however, earn the AVCA's National Freshman of the Year award that year. As a senior, Fawcett was named AVCA and Big Ten Player of the Year, contributing 431 kills (hitting .358) to Penn State's second national championship season in a row. All-time, Fawcett ranks third in career kills, kills per set, and attacks at Penn State (1,944/4.25/4,106) and fourth in career points with 2,281.5. With 31 kills versus Cal Poly on August 31, 2007, she set the 30-point rally-scoring era record for kills in a five-set match.

2. Lori Barberich Rose | Outside Hitter | 1982-85

The first volleyball All-American in Penn State history, Lori Barberich Rose remains one of the most decorated athletes in the program. No player has ever been able to beat her career kills record of 2,282 or her career points record of 2,457. She's second in career kills per set (4.41), total attacks (4,605), and sets played (517); fourth in career aces (175); and sixth in career hitting percentage (.386). A two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Barberich Rose ranks 21st in NCAA DI history in career kills.

1. Megan Easy (née Hodge) | Outside Hitter | 2006-09

AVCA National Player of the year in 2009, two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, 2009 Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, four-time first-team All-American--Olympian Megan Easy might just be the most decorated athlete to ever play at Penn State. Easy is second in Penn State history with 2,142 career kills and 2,415 career points, and she is first in career kills per set (4.55) and career attacks (4,714). The three-time national champion is 11th in NCAA Division I history in consecutive matches played with 147.

[polldaddy poll="9615051"]

Like this article? Read these:

Talk Volley to Me Podcast: Episode 12 featuring Haleigh Washington
Most Thrilling Five-Set National Championship Matches
Greatest College Coaches of All Time
20 Things You Didn't Know About Penn State Volleyball

U.S. Men Finalize 25-Player FIVB Volleyball Nations League Roster

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach John Speraw has finalized his 25-player roster for the fast-approaching 2019 Volleyball Nations League tournament. 

Defending Champion USA Puts Away Resilient Japan

Japan vs United States | Women's VNL

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Haleigh Washington picked up where Annie Drews had left off the previous night and Jordan Thompson came on off the bench in the third set to guide USA back on track, as the defending champions outplayed Japan 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20) Wednesday for their second win in as many matches at the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League.

Americans Roar Out Of The VNL Gates, Dominate Belgium

Belgium vs United States | Women's VNL

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

It took a little bit of concentration to seal the first set, but USA got off to a cracking start in the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League as they began the defence of last year's title with a solid and convincing 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-22) win over Belgium at Ruse.

VNL Week 1 Preview: New-Look USA Heads To Bulgaria


The U.S. Women’s National Team kicks off its 2019 season on the road in Ruse, Bulgaria, for the first of five weeks of Volleyball Nations League pool play. 

2019 FIVB VNL Preview: Korea Women's National Team


Korea’s national women’s volleyball team is on the verge of a new era as it is set to welcome new Italian coach Stefano Lavarini into the fold. 

2019 FIVB VNL Preview: Germany Women's National Team


As Germany steps onto the court of the FIVB VNL 2019, it will also step into a new era as it undergoes changes and improvements to its young team. 

2019 FIVB VNL Preview: Belgium Women's National Team

Belgium’s women’s national team did just enough at last year’s competition to continue playing in the FIVB VNL 2019. 

The Internet's Most Super CEV Champions League Superfinal Preview

By the time the 2018-19 CEV Champions League women’s Super Final rolls around on May 18, there will be absolutely nothing left unknown between the finalists Imoco Volley Conegliano and Igor Gorgonzola Novara. 

A Closer Look At The Final VNL Roster For The USA Women


The picture of the group that will don the red, white and blue jerseys, and represent the USA in this summer’s women’s Volleyball Nations League is coming into focus. 

U.S. Women Finalize 25-Player FIVB Volleyball Nations League Roster


The U.S. Women's National Team officially announced the 25 players who will represent the country in the upcoming 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.