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The Trickle - Victory streak

December 22, 2010 - Brian Ferry
It's nice that the UConn women's basketball team is getting a lot of well-deserved attention for their consecutive win streak. However, when I saw Geno (I won't even try his last name) on a sports program with a Twitter option, I couldn't help but have the urge to ask him how his team's streak compares, not with the UCLA men's basketball streak from several decades ago, but with the PSU women's volleyball streak that ended early this season. If I don't misremember, that streak was 107 matches. I didn't hear a whole lot about Penn State's streak. Maybe if they'd gone on to win a bunch more and set the NCAA all-sports record (held by the men's tennis team from Miami (Fla.)), they would have gotten more notice. However, as it was, I remember hearing about the volleyball streak only when watching volleyball. I could have missed the SportsCenter where they talked about it, but I doubt it. I don't know much about college basketball, I admit. I do know some things about college volleyball. Penn State plays in a very competitive conference with rabid fans. This year, the first since 2007 in which the Lions lost a match, several Big Ten teams were in the top 10. The Lions had to visit each of those teams every year. Outside of conference, there is no shortage of opposing firepower. Penn State is a traditional power, but there are plenty of others. Stanford, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, USC and various others regularly appear on the PSU schedule. To wrap this up, I was happy to observe history as UConn set the NCAA basketball mark for consecutive victories, but I think a little more attention could have been paid to a Penn State team that set the record for NCAA women's sports that is still almost 20 games beyond UConn's current run. I haven't decided if I want to see UConn continue on to surpass Penn State's mark or not. If they do, I hope they extend beyond the Miami tennis record.


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