The Badgers advanced to the final by stunning No. 1 Texas in a Friday semifinal. But they had no such luck against Penn State, which swept the regular-season series between the two teams (3-0, 3-0).
Penn State was not challenged in the first set. But in the second set, Wisconsin had set points but was waylaid by service errors. The Lions won on a pair of kills by Ariel Scott.
Wisconsin grabbed the third set, 25-20, using a 5-0 run midway through to pull away.
The Lions trailed in the fifth set, 23-20. But Micha Hancock's strong serving led a 5-0 run that sealed the title.
This is Penn State's fifth national title in the last seven years. Stanford is the only other program with six titles.