By Jack Milewski, GoPSUSports.com student staff writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions have now shifted their focus for the upcoming EIVA Championships set to meet the Princeton Tigers in the second match of Friday's semifinals. Despite injuries taking their toll and presenting challenges throughout the season, the Nittany Lions are hitting their stride at perhaps, the right time.
"We're as healthy as we have been all season and that certainly contributes to our confidence level right now," head coach Mark Pavlik said.
Come Thursday night, Penn State will meet a Princeton squad who has played them tight in both of their previous matches this season. Both regular season matches between the two clubs have gone the distance, ending in five set decision. The Nittany Lions came out on top in both matches, but Thursday night has all the makings of another tightly contested match.
For Pavlik, a tough service game from the Nittany Lions will be key in keeping Princeton off balance throughout the match. With a win in the semifinals, Penn State will have a chance to opportunity to secure a championship title that avoided them last season.
"It is certainly important for us to have these matches at home and have a chance to defend home court for a couple more games," Pavlik said.