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12 I Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
Opponents strong in lengthy matches
By Ryan Loy
COLLEGIAN STAFF WRITER
While most teams try to
address its problems right away in
practice, the Penn State women’s
volleyball team : _
waits until the end r-».
of each session to WOMENS
work on one of its VOLLEYBALL
The Nittany Lions <2B-5) lost all
three of their five-set matches
during the regular season. Should
Friday's match against Oklahoma
go to a fifth set. the numbers won’t
be on the Lions' side.
While Penn State is 0-3 in five
set matches, the other three pro
grams set to compete in the
University Park regional of the
NCAA tournament are a com
bined 15-2 including a 6-0 mark
Penn State sophomore Kristin
Carpenter said the Lions play 15-
point games, the amount of points
a fifth set is played to. at the end of
each practice when they're tired.
Sophomore Nadolsky working for comeback year
By Matt Denstedt
FOR THE COLLEGIAN
Neither injury nor surgery is
enough to hold back Aaron
sprinter is back b
and ready to once 8 RACK AND
again perform at FI FID
a high level. His
trom a groin injury- has him itching
to get back to being with the team
and competing against the best.
Nadolsky came to Penn State as
a highly talented high school
prospect. Winning Pennsylvania
state titles in the 4xloo and the
4x400. Nadolsly had high hopes
and high expectations for his
sprinting career at Penn State.
Unfortunately in just his first big
Stop the debate: Tom Brady bests Peyton Manning
By Jared Shanker
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Monday, we were
able to at least cross one off the
list. The debate as to who is the
best quarterback in the NFL
between Tom Brady and Peyton
Manning is officially over.
Brady closed no. slammed
the door shut on that discus
sion emphatically with the dis
mantling of the media heartthrob
Jets on Monday Night Football.
The game, which was on a
national stage, was billed as the
(lame of the Year. By night's end.
Brady and the Patriots made it
the Laugher of the Year, more
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entire country. The 42-point win is
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By doing this, the players can
never feel content with losing a
‘ Every day, we can’t be satisfied
with just losing 15-17, or even 19-
17,” Carpenter said. “We have to
push, even at the end of practice
because we know that in game-sit
uations, we are tired."
Coach Russ Rose and some of
the players said the solution to the
team's few five-set losses is simple
don’t let the match go to a
deciding fifth game.
Senior opposite hitter Blair
Brown said in those three losses,
the Lions had opportunities to fin
ish the match in the third or fourth
sets and they should have closed it
While the other teams in Penn
State's regional were forced to
play more lengthy matches than
the Lions, they've thrived in the
Oklahoma and Duke each
advanced to the University Park
regional with five-set victories in
their second-round matches.
Missouri, the other team
meet of the season last year,
Nadolsky had what he called a
Running in his first 50 meters of
the 400, Nadolsky injured his
Later, it was
discovered that he
had suffered a
sports hernia in
his groin area.
Still, there was
optimism for a
Area High graduate trained lightly
and expected to make a return to
the team late in the spring.
However, the injury ended up
sidelining him for the entire sea
It was hard because I thought I
the 10 days leading up to the
game to scheme and dissect
even' nook and cranny of the
Jets' defense, leaving no stone
unturned. The end result: 21-of-29
passing, four touchdowns and a
148.9 passer rating.
Now. Manning has had many of
nights like Brady's. Actually,
they've often been better.
Mechanically and statistically.
Manning is superior to Brady in
just about ever}' category. If build
ing a quarterback from scratch,
physically Manning is the proto
type. Pinpoint accuracy, pocket
awareness, laser rocket arm.
Speaking of a laser rocket arm, if
great commercials were a
requirement (Cut that meatl Cut
that meat!), it’s Manning by a
Where it matters most
upstairs though. Manning
doesn't match Brady. And it's not
There's not a player mentally
tougher or stronger than Brady.
He's the ultimate competitor. On
the game's biggest stage, Brady
is at his best. When his team
needs him the most, Brady deliv
ers. With the game on the line,
Brady rises to the occasion. Did
you see Brady's emotion Monday
after each touchdown, pumping
his fist, banging helmets with his
line, refusing to lift his foot off the
Do you see that same killer
instinct in Manning?
preparing to play in Rec Hall, had
beaten N0.5-seeded Northern
lowa in a five-set match in the
tournament’s opening round.
Rose said a team’s momentum
in the tournament carries more
weight than rankings and stats.
“I don’t look at it as they’re 15-2,
and we’re 0-3,” Rose said. “You
can crunch numbers any way you
want to crunch numbers. We play
Oklahoma and Duke plays
Missouri. The winner of the first
match will play the winner of the
As simple as Rose’s view is, it's
true. And if the Lions are able to
win the next two matches, they'll
be back in the national semifinals
for the fourth straight season.
To get that done, Rose said the
team can't focus on what hap
pened in the regular season.
"Past performance in five-set
matches probably isn't going to
have a high correlation in the out
come of those matches." Rose
To e-mail reporter: rmlsl3B@psu.edu Kristin Carpenter (5) sets the ball to a teammate earlier this season.
would be able to compete but I
then found in the beginning of the
spring that it just wasn't going to
work out.” he said.
More than practicing or com
peting. Nadolsky truly felt the
absence of being with the team as
much as he had hoped.
"I missed being able to com
pete. but I really just missed trav
eling with the team." Nadolsky
Eventually, the injury' forced
Nadol.sk>- into surgery. .After the
hernia operation in May, he
resumed light workouts that he
carried on throughout the sum
mer as though to ease back into
the serious training. It wasn't until
the start of practice this year that
he felt he w-as able to go 100 per
Nadolsky believes he now feels
On Sunday, for the second
straight week. Manning threw
Manning and the young
receivers clearly aren't on the
same page, but eventually
Manning has to look in the mirror.
You can't blame all of his AFC
leading 15 interceptions on some
Those young receivers have
been the argument advocating
Manning this season. Supporters
are quick to point out that he
doesn’t have enough players
around him. which is the reason
for the Colts' 6-6 record. Well, he
has Reggie Wayne, and are you
telling me Wayne isn't a better
receiver than Wes Welker 0
Manning hasn't been this bad
since 2001, when he threw 23
interceptions and the Colts lost 10
games. Manning was without star
running back Edgerrin James,
who tore his anterior cruciate lig
ament six games into the season.
So. on second thought, maybe it
is true. The supporting cast just
isn't what Manning needs to be
As for Brady, he w'ould have
loved to have a Wayne or Edge for
most of his career. He had Randy
Moss for two seasons, and in
their first season together they
rewrote the record book
After dealing Moss just four
weeks into the 2010 season,
though. Brady once again was
surrounded with a bunch of no
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as though he can contribute to the
team. He said he feels good and
hopes to benefit the team through
scoring points in the Big Ten. He
hopes this is the year that the
team will "do something big "
Vast concern and support has
Nadolsky very appreciative of his
"I always had teammates ask
ing about my injury and if 1 would
be coming back for the season."
His teammates were very sup
portive and helpful to the then
freshman. Now a sophomore.
Nadol.sk>- will get to truly experi
ence the track season as he had
previously hoped, that is. so long
as there is no re injury.
Admittedly. Nadolsky is a little
scared of such possible re-injury
to his groin. However, he knows he
name players aside from Welker
who never had more than 07
catches in a season before cum
ing to New- England. He's had
three straight .seasons with ion
A poor supporting cast is noth,
ing new for Brady. His Super
Bowl running backs: Antowain
Smith, Kevin Faulk, Corey Dillon
and Laurence Maroney. His top
wide receivers: Troy Brown.
David Patten, Deion Branch and
Regardless. Brady has been
near unstoppable in the postsea
son. and his success has been
well documented: so have
Manning's failures. Brady is 14 1
in the playoffs and started his
career 10-0 with three Super
Bowls and two game-winning
Super Bowl drives. In four Super-
Bowl appearances, Brady has
thrown seven touchdowns to just
As for Manning, he's 0-0 in the
playoffs, which is not a bad record
by any means. His passer- rating
is a respectable 37.6. And he does
have one Super Bowl ring.
After closer examination, that
ring loses some luster. During the
Colts' 2006 Super Bowl run.
Manning had a touchdown to
interception ratio of 3 to 7. As for
Super Bowl XLIY 1 11 just say two
words: Tracy Porter.
Rest assured, next season
Manning will once again make
defenses look stupid, audibling to
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can t allow himself to think about it
while running and said he does a
good job of clearing it from his
Now finally able to compete.
Nadolsky has set personal goals
on what he hopes to achieve this
He sets his sights on placing in
the Big Ten as well as scoring
points for- the team and hopefully
making it to nationals training
hard at practice with the addition
of high expectations leaves
Nadolsky with a good attitude on
the upcoming season
Nadolsky will get his first taste
of competition this season with
the upcoming Blue-White
Intrasquad meet at 2 p.m. this
Saturday at the Ashenfelter Track.
It will be a fresh start and a vvel
comed change for Nadolsky--.
the perfect play. Ml the attention
will once again be on the Colts,
winch is fine with Brady. He does
n't mind lurking in the shadows.
As January rolls around, though,
the Patriots will once again be at
the top of the NFL summit.
And by that time. Brady might
be going for "One for the
Jared Shanker is a senior majoring in
' -stcc,- and journalism and is the
Collegian s sports columnist. His e mail
a.itrress n firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Brady throws a pass Monday.