Penn State Men’s Volleyball Claims EIVA Crown
The Penn State men’s volleyball team won their 13th-consecutive EIVA regular season title and 27th overall with a sweep of George Mason last Saturday. The Nittany Lions also earned hosting rights to the EIVA Semifinals and Championship, which will take place on April 28 and April 30, respectively.
Penn State only needed to win one set against George Mason to earn the regular season title, but the Nittany Lions did better than that, sweeping the Patriots 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-21). Joe Sunder led the team with 15 kills, but it was Nick Turko who made the biggest impact on the match. Turko registered eight kills on .571 hitting, and also had two aces and four blocks. Due to his stellar play, Turko earned EIVA Player of the Week honors.
The Nittany Lions cannot be wholly satisfied with their performance this week, however. Penn State’s three freshmen–Scott Kegerreis, Jace Olson and Tom Comfort–all had a hitting percentage below zero. All three have played large roles for Penn State this season and will need to step up their play with tournament season looming right around the corner.
With the victory, Penn State improves to 20-5 and finishes 10-0 in EIVA play. The Nittany Lions will finish out the regular season against three mid-western opponents, the first of which is Ohio State. The Nittany Lions will look to gain some revenge against the Buckeyes, who won the previous match-up in February 3-0.
Sunday: vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m.