District college notebook: PSU volleyball sweeps Big Ten awards
• The top-ranked Penn State women's volleyball team swept the Big Ten's postseason awards. Junior Ariel Scott was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, sophomore Micha Hancock received the inaugural Setter of the Year, Megan Courtney earned Freshman of the Year and Russ Rose was picked as Coach of the Year. Scott leads the team with 399 kills. Penn State (29-2) hosts Binghamton at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Waynesburg senior defensive lineman Matt Krause will compete for an all-star team made up of Division III players that will take on a Mexican squad in the Tazon De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Krause had 56 tackles, 6 1⁄2 tackles for loss and 4 1⁄2 sacks this season for the Yellow Jackets, who went 10-1.
• Pitt's 2013 baseball schedule will include 30 home games as well as 10 contests against teams that made the postseason in 2012. The Panthers open the season Feb. 15-17 against Wichita State in Kansas. Pitt's home opener is 3 p.m. March 8 against Youngstown State.
• Edinboro women's basketball player Samantha Blazetic became the 26th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points in her team's victory Saturday. She finished with 21 points, giving her 1,012 for her career. The Fighting Scots, the 15th-ranked team in Division II, are 2-1.
• Lock Haven junior Alex Monroe won PSAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Shippensburg seniorKatie Spratford earned PSAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Doug Watts of the Edinboro men and Steve Spence of the Shippensburg women received PSAC Coach of the Year honors.
— Jeff Vella