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Just like LeBron going back to Cleveland, from everyone at BSD, we welcome everyone back to Happy Valley this weekend!

Angelo Merendino

We're still flying high in State College, PA, and what a perfect time for another reunion. Just listen to this on your ride back into town, and you'll be more than ready to relive the glory days better than ever.

Let's take a look to see what all of the fellow Nittany Lions will be walking into across the schedule this week.

Cross Country

Neither of the XC teams were in action this week, but there's good news on the horizon: it's starting to get to be cold and brisk enough outside, and I know how much I love to run in that weather.

I've run a couple 5k's in my day (one actually), but it was at the great time of the day before it got hot enough out. If you need any other running tips/foolishness, please consult my friend, Meb.

This Week Ahead: The teams will head to South Bend for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

Field Hockey

The No. 6 Nittany Lions dropped an OT thriller to No. 18 Michigan 3-2 on Friday at home.

Sophomore Emilee Ehret paced Penn State with one goal and an assist on the afternoon. The Nittany Lions were down a player in the overtime frame as a goal was scored by Michigan's Ainsley McCallister with 10:48 to go.

It's ok, though; Michigan didn't have the greatest week last week.

This Week Ahead: Penn State takes on Lock Haven? That will happen Tuesday for some reason and then take on Michigan State and Ohio State on the road Friday and Sunday respectively.

Soccer

It was an emotional day for Penn State men's soccer on Sunday as it was the second annual Mack Brady Day as the Nittany Lions escaped with a 1-0 win over Ohio State. The win 3-0 win over Saint Francis on Tuesday was a little sloppy at first, but this team is so good it's scary.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton is getting closer and closer to setting the Penn State all-time record for shutouts in a career at PSU every time he takes the pitch. The offense is productive in front of a swarming defensive line and that's the reason why Penn State has only allowed one goal this year seven matches.

As for the women, they took down the Buckeyes at Jeffrey Field in a much more dominant fashion. A 5-1 win was the result of two goals from freshman Frannie Crouse to lead the No. 9 ranked Nittany Lions. #FrannieKickedTheirFannie

This Week Ahead: The men host Penn on Wednesday night before heading on the road to take on Michigan on Sunday. The women will have a three-game home stand this week starting off with Bucknell on Tuesday. Northwestern on Friday and Illinois on Sunday round out a busy week for the Lions.

Volleyball

I got to see these girls for the first time this season. Simply put, they are impressive and still dominant all over the floor. Micha Hancock leading a great group with one of the best recruiting classes collegiate volleyball has ever seen will all but guarantee at least another trip to the Final Four for these girls.

It was 3-0 business as usual over Eastern Illinois, DePaul, Illinois-Chicago and East Carolina this weekend in the Penn State Alumni Classic. All the head coaches from the respective schools were Penn State volleyball alumni who played under Russ Rose.

Speaking of Rose, he became the all-time winningest head coach in volleyball history this weekend passing Hawaii coach Dave Shoji for first on the list. The two will most likely be at each other's throats for the foreseeable future because Shoji is currently the head coach as well.

Could you imagine the two winningest coaches in any sport battle for the most wins during the same era? Great job, Russ!

This Week Ahead: It's a brutal start to the Big Ten slate as we will see a rematch of last year's national championship in Madison on Wednesday against No. 5 Wisconsin. A Saturday night matchup with No. 17 Minnesota concludes a brutal road trip for Penn State.