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Micha Hancock with another perfect set. (via <a href="">Cari Greene</a>)
Micha Hancock with another perfect set. (via Cari Greene)

#3 Nebraska at #4 Penn State: As Cari touched on earlier, tonight at Rec Hall, Micha Hancock and the women's volleyball team will take on rival Nebraska to start the Big Ten season. Penn State is looking for redemption after Nebraska came in and won the conference title in their rookie season in the B1G. Both teams look dominant again as Penn State (10-1) took out top-10 opponents Stanford and Texas earlier in the season at the Nike Big Four Invitational and Nebraska (8-1) took out #1 UCLA early in the season before receiving their first defeat this past weekend at the hands of #25 Iowa State. If you can be on campus at 8:00 p.m., I would make sure I was in the raucous atmosphere that will be Rec Hall.

Freshman of the Week: Seems like all the cool kids are being really good as sports in their first year. Women's soccer freshman Raquel Rodriguez was given the newcomer honor this week, just as Deion Barnes was for football. Rodriguez scored a goal in Penn State's Big Ten opening 2-1 win against Wisconsin this past weekend. The Lady Lions (6-2-0, 1-0-0) travel to Northwestern and Illinois this upcoming weekend.

Hockey Valley: Starting yesterday, single-game tickets for Penn State's first season in Division I hockey went on sale. Adult tickets are $10 while children under 12 will get in for $5.

From The Worldwide LOLeader: On Monday, LSU had a scary situation as a bomb threat was called in, causing campus to be evacuated. Obviously, this threw all students for a loop as classes had to be cancelled for the day. How did ESPN report? With the headline: "LSU Tigers Can't Practice After Bomb Threat On Campus". Because, of course, the loss of two hours of practice time for 105 players overshadows the upheaval of the academic day. #culture and such, etc. etc.

Spikes Switch Affiliates: Looking locally, the State College Spikes and the Pittsburgh Pirates have ended their relationship and the Spikes have signed a two-year development deal with the St. Louis Cardinals who resided in State College during the Spikes' inaugural season in 2006. The Pirates moved their affiliation to Jamestown, N.Y., home of the Jammers and much of my baseball-watching childhood.

Quick Hitters: A task force as been formed to distribute Penn State's $60 million fine to charity (at least 25% will stay in Pennsylvania)..... John L. Smith tells you to smile.... Photos showing how the Blue Band honored the armed forces this past weekend... The police report from this weekend's Iowa game, just because.

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