Penn State Wins Two; Nears Regular Season Title
The Penn State men’s volleyball team traveled to New Jersey last weekend and came away with two sweeps over conference foes. With the victories, the Nittany Lions are just one win away from their 27th EIVA regular season title.
Last Friday, Penn State swept Princeton 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-16). Leading hitter Joe Sunder was sick this past weekend, so the rest of team had to step up. Jace Olsen did just that, registering nine kills on .538 hitting. Ryan Wolf had a good match with six kills and seven digs, and Tor Covello got to share setting time with Edgardo Goas.
On Saturday, the Nittany Lions swept Rutgers-Newark 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 28-26). Penn State did not play its best but was able to eke out a victory. Tom Comfort led the team with 13 kills, and Olsen contributed seven. Rutgers-Newark actually hit better than Penn State (.291-.276), had two more digs (28-26), and had four more blocks (6-2). However, Penn State won the big points in all three sets to get the win.
The Nittany Lions improve to 19-5 overall and 9-0 in the EIVA with the two victories. Penn State would clinch the EIVA regular season title with a win on Saturday against George Mason. If Penn State does beat George Mason, it will earn the top seed and home-court advantage for the EIVA Tournament. The Nittany Lions won the first meeting between the teams this season back on Feb. 26.
Saturday: vs. George Mason, 7 p.m.