Greetings from Rec Hall!
A belated Happy New Year to all of you from all of us here with PSU MVB! Our season is rolling and after last night's 3-0 victory over the Loyola Ramblers we have moved to 4-1 on the season.
There is much to update for everyone since my last writing. There is some big news that you'll have to scan down to get to, but I'll start with some alumni news.
I think all Nittany Lions were proud of the job Matt Anderson and his USA teammates did in London during the Summer Olympics! Matt played well through the tournament and continues to do so professionally with his Zenit Kazan team in Russia. Follow him and the team at http://www.zenit-kazan.com/eng/.
Max Holt is playing in Piacenza, Italy for Copra Elior Piacenza. (You can follow Max here: http://www.copraelior.it/) He is starting and seems to be playing very well for the team.
Alex Gutor is playing in Qatar. Kyle Masterson is back with Boldklubben Marienlyst in Denmark. Will Price is in Istanbul . Joe Sunder is in Croatia and Ed Goas...whose Capitanes de Arecibo team defeated Dennis Del Valle's Mets de Guaynabo team (coached by Javier Gaspar) for the Puerto Rico Superior League championship two weeks ago...is in Finland now. Dennis is training with the Puerto Rican national team. Also, Ivan Contreras captained the Mexican national team during the NORCECA Olympic Qualification tournament in Long Beach in May!
Speaking of the alums, we just enjoyed hosting the annual PSU MVB Alumni Weekend this past weekend. With a turnout of approximately 35 alums, many of whom were in South Gym Friday evening to help us defeat the Lewis Flyers, the Alumni match was spirited! Keith Kowal and John Mills returned to give the Alums some presence in the middle. Outside hitters Jay Stauffer, Ryan Wolf and Andrew Price gave the Alums some good ball control and attacking from the left antenna and Zelimir Koljesar was at the right antenna! The setting duties were ably picked up by Ryan Walthall. The varsity managed to win three games over this august group.
Then the always anticipated, never to be duplicated, Geezer Game occurred. The crowd responded favorably to the volleyball played in front of them...or maybe they were in awe of the savvy which they saw. No one was injured...in the Geezer Game...however, Carey Seavey strained a calf during the morning playing session! Two comments directed to me from one of our freshman's parent after witnessing the Geezer Game: "That #5 really has good hands!" and "That #5 is really agile!" That #5 was none other than Frank Guadagnino who proved that if someone only sees you play once you had better be prepared to impress!
Once the Geezer Game ended the second Varsity vs Alumni competition began! The Ball Pull! Last year's reigning champion Nate Meerstein was not present to defend his crown so the defense fell to Keith Kowal. Matt Seifert, who spent this entire year dedicated to avenging his loss to Meers last year in the Ball Pull, was the Varsity representative. Kowal won the first pull, but Seifert won the next two to wrest back to the Varsity the Ball Pull Championship for this year! But then, in a Ball Pull first, Matt had to defeat his father Harvey. Now, Harvey makes Matt look small, but he is thirty years his senior and has some arthritis in his hands. Matt did get the win, but it was not easy. Harvey is not a man to give up easily and made it an entertaining father-son battle!
The weekend then moved to the Atherton for the banquet and we were joined by Bill and Colleen O'Brien. Bill is our new football coach who has done a terrific job with our football program this year. As good a football coach as he is, he is even a better man and he took the time to hang out with us before the dinner. He shared a few words with the group and spent time just talking with various alums before he moved to a recruiting dinner of his own! We truly are ONE TEAM!
The Alums finally got on the board with a win over the Varsity in the Old Black Water Sing-Off. Another first occurred when Skids Agnew broke out the mandolin to accompany the Alums. That may have been what pushed the win over to the Alumni side. The Varsity to their credit knew the words and sang without song-sheets. A definite plus to their efforts, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Alums.
All-in-all, it was a terrific weekend. Phin Tuthill ('69) and Ralph Colaizzi ('66) were present. It was great to have them with us. It was Phin's first visit during the Alumni weekend and as such he was named this year's Most Valuable Geezer! We not only salute Phin as MVG, but with both he and Ralph present we had representation from SIX DECADES of PSU MVB!!!
Now for the BIG NEWS! This past fall, PSU MVB Boosters Jeff and Sharon Hyde, gave a gift of $100,000 to begin refurbishment of the PSU MVB Locker Room! I can't say "Thank You" enough to their great generosity. However, PSU MVB needs to raise additional funds to cover the remaining costs of the locker room. We are looking at raising an additional $200,000 as the PSU MVB program! Additional info will be forthcoming in the very near future, which will explain the various options through which anyone can assist with the locker room project. There are locker naming opportunities for $5000 (payable over 5 years) of which will be included in the forthcoming info. I think it very important that PSU MVB shoulder some of the cost of this locker room project. We have never been a program that has had its hand out always asking but never giving. This is the time to show how important this program is to everyone who has ever been associated with it! I thank you in advance for your help!
So this coming weekend, we open the EIVA season with matches in Rec Hall against Sacred Heart on Friday and Harvard on Saturday. The Harvard match will be in South Gym. Both teams were young and talented last year and should be even better this year. I hope to see you in Rec Hall this weekend!
All the best!
Pav, Colin, Jay and the guys