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Mende piles up 28 kills, McLaren boasts double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs in semifinal loss
Mende earns EIVA All-Academic honors for the second time in his career
Penn State will face Harvard in the semifinals of the EIVA Championships at 5 p.m. on April 19 in Fairfax, Va.
Gear, McLaren and Mende each earn nod to the 2018 All-EIVA squads
2017 (Redshirt Freshman): Had four kills against No.2 UCLA (1/6)... Had 25 kills against USC (1/7)... Played in 100 sets this season... Recorded a career high 29 kills versus Princeton hitting .659 (2/11)... Earned first team All-EIVA honors as well as honorable mention All-American honors... Finished the season with 325 kills, nine assists, 116 digs and 81 blocks
Prepped at Redlands High School where he was a two-sport athlete, lettering in both volleyball and water polo … Earned all-conference accolades three times and garnered San Bernadino Sun All-County First Team twice … Notched team MVP honors as well as Citrus Belt League MVP team accolades in his senior season … Capped off his senior campaign being named First Team All-CIF and Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Recruits in the Country … Was a two-time captain in volleyball and water polo … Named Inland Empire Player of Year for water polo in 2014 … Was a four-year honor roll member … Grabbed CBAADA Athlete of the Year honors in his season year … Is an Eagle Scout and a member of student government.
Born Calvin Mende on February 2, 1997 in Redlands, Calif. … Parents are Doug and Crystal Mende … Has two sisters, Beth and Katie.
Why Penn State?
“I chose Penn State for the obvious reasons of excellent academic opportunity and an outstanding athletic department, but what stood out to me was the sense of community and brotherhood felt throughout town and campus.”