PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Men’s Volleyball Wins EIVA Championship

men's volleyball

The Penn State men’s volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the EIVA Championship over Springfield on Saturday night. The win was the Nittany Lions’ 13th-straight EIVA Championship victory, which increased their overall total to 23.

Penn State shot out of the gate, opening up a 7-1 lead. Two great digs by Dennis Del Valle led to kills by Joe Sunder, and Ryan Wolf served two aces during the run. The Nittany Lions would lead by as many as nine at 17-8, but Springfield closed the deficit to four points at 20-16. However, a Tom Comfort kill and an ace from Alan Mars gave Penn State some breathing room, and the Nittany Lions took set one 25-20.

Penn State’s tremendous play continued in the second set. Wolf had four of his 11 kills in set two, which Penn State won 25-14. The 11 kills were good enough for second on the team behind Sunder’s 14. Springfield just did not have any answers for the Penn State attack. Del Valle and the rest of the Nittany Lions were also consistently digging Springfield attacks, which seemed to rattle the Pride. Del Valle finished the match with 14 digs.

Springfield took its first lead of the game in the third set at 2-1. The Pride led by as much as five points in the set, but the Nittany Lions came back. Down 18-20, Nick Turko used his opportunity to serve to great effect. His tough serves led to some easy kills for Penn State, which won the next four points to take the lead. Springfield did have a chance to take set three at 24-23, but Penn State won the final three points of the set to take the match.

With the victory, Penn State advances to the NCAA Semifinals, which it will host next Thursday. Penn State will most likely earn the fourth seed, while rivals Ohio State will probably get the third seed. The top two seeds should go to two western-conference teams. Penn State will learn its official tournament draw on Sunday at 2 p.m.

About the Author

Michael Berton

I grew up in a Philly suburb, then moved to a different one. I am now at Penn State, where I can actually sate my giant appetite for sports. Other than writing, I also play the cello in the Penn State Philharmonic.

Comments

More by Michael

Lady Lions Bow Out of NCAA Tournament With Loss to UConn

In the end, the Conecticut women’s basketball team was just too talented. The Lady Lions fought until the final whistle, but it was not enough to even come close. The Huskies dominated for almost the entire 40 minutes in a 77-59 victory, knocking Penn State out of the NCAA Tournament.

Lady Lions NCAA Tournament Preview: UConn

Lady Lions Advance to Sweet 16 With 90-80 Win Over LSU

Athletics

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Longtime Cal athletics employee Mohamed Muqtar was accused by seven former Golden Bears student-athletes of sexual violence and harassment dating back 20 years prior to his firing on May 11. An internal investigation from the school substantiated those claims.

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Student Life

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Penn State Names Guadagnino Vice President For Administration

Guadagnino will continue to provide legal advice as associate general counsel in addition to his duties as vice president.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Longtime Cal athletics employee Mohamed Muqtar was accused by seven former Golden Bears student-athletes of sexual violence and harassment dating back 20 years prior to his firing on May 11. An internal investigation from the school substantiated those claims.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend