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Penn State, Stanford, Texas and UCLA are strong contenders in 2008

Originally Published: August 15, 2008
By Dave Reed | Special to ESPN.com

Defending titles is a way of life for the Penn State volleyball team.

After all, the Nittany Lions have won five consecutive Big Ten championships and 11 of 17 (eight outright and three shared) since joining the conference in 1991.

But for just the second time in the program's dominating history, Penn State will begin a season as the defending national champion.

When Penn State held off Stanford in five games to win the 2007 title in Sacramento, the Nittany ...

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