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Nittany Lion Career
2017 (Redshirt Sophomore): Had four kills against No.2 UCLa (1/7)... Started 15 sets during the 2017 season and played in 115 sets total... Recorded a season high 13 kills against Saint Francis (2/14) and recorded a career high hitting percentage of .714 against George Mason (2/24)... Finished the season with 101 kills, two assists, 46 digs and 14 total blocks.
2016 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in 58 of 108 sets during the 2016 season... Recorded a career high 162 kills hitting .198 for the season... Notched a career high 17 service aces... Added 57 digs... Totaled 23 blocks, four solo... Had a season high 22 kills vs. Lewis (1/16).
2015 (Redshirt freshman): Played in 25 of the team's 31 matches this season, making seven starts ... Finished fifth on the team with 128 kills, averaging 1.97 per set ... Had one kill in his collegiate debut vs. No. 8 UC Irvine (1/8) ... Had one dig at Ball State (1/16) and Three kills and one dig at No. 13 IPFW (1/17) ... Posted a then-career-high 10 kills at No. 10 Loyola (2/21), adding three digs and one block ... Had six kills and six digs against CSUN (3/13) ... Tallied a career-high four aces and eight digs to go along with nine kills at No. 8 LBSU (3/14 ... Logged 19 kills on .230 hitting against No. 11 Ohio State (3/21) ... Recorded 10 kills on .571 hitting against Princeton (3/27) ... Posted a career-high 21 kills on .308 hitting against NJIT (3/28), adding five digs and three blocks ... Finished second on the team with 13 kills on .450 hitting with two aces and four digs at GMU (4/4) ... Finished second on the team with 16 kills against Harvard (4/10) ... Had three blocks, including two solo stuffs vs. Sacred Heart (4/11) ... Recorded seven kills on .500 hitting at Princeton (4/17), adding four digs ... Played in the NCAA play-in match against No. 4 Hawaii (5/5) ... Had two blocks in the NCAA national semifinal match against No. 1 Lewis (5/7).
2014 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
A two-year team captain and MVP at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School in Cambridge, Mas ... Competed in the Dual County League as a three-time All-Star... Recipient of 2012 and 2013 Boston Globe & Boston Herald All Scholastics honors... Helped guide his team to the 2012 State Championship title ... Became a member of his school's 1,000 point club, finishing his interscholastic career with 1,422 total kills ... Played club for Beantown Volleyball... Helped the team to a 2013 NERVA Regional Championship title ... Also earned one letter in basketball
Born Jalen Penrose on December 9, 1994 in Boston, Mass. ... Parents are Corey Penrose and Kelley Leary.
Why Penn State?
"I chose Penn State because of the phenomenal academic staff. They are always ready to help when a student asks, and will work with you until you understand the concept. The coaching staff is awesome too, because they are very inspirational and clearly love what they do."