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Penn State earned six first place votes
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Played in 74 of 108 sets during 2016... Recorded 102 kills, 11 assist, 14 digs and finished second on the team with 76 total blocks... Notched a season high 10 kills vs. NJIT (2/19)... Hit .367 for the season.
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 31 matches for the Nittany Lions during the 2015 season ... Finished first on the team in blocks with 92 total blocks, averaging 0.81 per set ... Had three kills on .500 hitting and two blocks against No. 8 UC Irvine (1/8) ... Totaled five kills and a team-high four blocks at No. 10 Hawaii (1/9) ... Finished tied for second on the team with two blocks at No. 13 IPFW (1/17) ... Ranked second on the team with four blocks against No. 1 Loyola (1/23) ... Had a career-high 11 kills on .562 hitting against No. 2 Lewis (1/24) ... Served up a career-high two aces against Mount Olive (1/30) ... Matched a season- high mark with four blocks against George Mason (2/14) ... Had five kills and three digs at No. 1 Loyola (2/21) ... Had five kills on .625 hitting and three blocks at No. 7 USC (3/10) ... Posted five kills and three blocks against CSUN (3/13) ... Matched a career-high mark with seven blocks at No. 7 LBSU (3/14) ... Put down seven kills and five digs against No. 11 OSU (3/21) ... Had seven blocks vs. NJIT (3/28) ... Notched five kills on seven perfect swings at GMU (4/4) ... Recorded five kills and five digs vs. Harvard (4/10) ... Posted a career-high 12 blocks vs. Sacred Heart (4/11) ... Recorded a team-high seven blocks at Princeton (4/17) ... Had four kills on nine perfect swings at Saint Francis (4/25) ... Posted four kills on six perfect swings in the EIVA semis vs. Princeton (4/29) ... Totaled a match-high five blocks in the EIVA finals vs. GMU (5/1) ... Had three blocks in the NCAA play-in against No. 4 Hawaii (5/5) ... Recorded three kilss, two digs and two total blocks in the NCAA national semifinals against No. 1 Lewis (5/7).
2014 (Redshirt Freshman):
Played in every single match during the 2014 season, finishing the season atop the team standings in blocks (90), averaging 0.80 per frame ... Recorded six kills on 11 errorless swings against No. 7 UCLA (1/9), adding four digs and one block ... Tallied eight kills, one dig and a team-high three blocks against No. 14 Hawaii(1/10) .... Notched five kills one dig and three total blocks, including one solo stuff against No. 12 Ohio State (1/11) ... Logged seven kills on .500 hitting against No. 14 IPFW (1/17), adding two blocks ... Registered four kills and five blocks against Ball State (1/18) ... Posted five kills on .500 hitting against Mount Olive (1/31), adding two digs and a team-high six blocks, including two solo stuffs ... Totaled three kills, one dig and three blocks in EIVA against Saint Francis (2/1) ... Contributed seven kills with a .417 hitting percentage and seven blocks against No. 14 Ohio State ... Tallied four kills, one dig and two blocks against Erskine (2/7) ... Recorded four kills on six errorless swings against Pfeiffer (2/8), adding one dig and two solo blocks ... Tied a career high with eight kills, adding six blocks against NJIT (2/14) ... Contributed two kills, two digs, and four blocks against Rutgers-Newark (2/15) ... Recorded five kills and four blocks against Sacred Heart (2/21) ... Totaled five kills, two digs and three blocks against Harvard (2/22) ... Tallied six kills, one dig and one block at Princeton (2/28) ... Contributed five kills, two digs, and two blocks at George Mason (3/1) ... Posted four kills and two blocks at No. 14 Ohio State (3/7) ... Recorded three kills and two blocks vs. CSUN (3/14) ... Registered seven kills and two digs at No. 2 LBSU (3/15) ... Posted seven kills, two digs and two blocks at No. 1 Loyola (3/21) ... Tallied four kills, one block and recorded a .571 hitting percentage at No. 10 Lewis (3/22) ... Recorded two kills and two digs against Princeton (3/28) ... Tallied two kills against George Mason (3/29)...Recorded three kills and three blocks at No. 15 Harvard (4/4) ... Tallied three blocks at Sacred Heart (4/5) ... Notched six kills at Saint Francis (4/12) ... Contributed three kills, and two blocks at Rutgers-Newark (4/18) ... Posted three kills, one service ace, and three blocks at NJIT (4/19) ... Notched three digs and a team-high four blocks in the EIVA semis against GMU (4/24) ... Posted three digs and two blocks in the EIVA championship against Princeton (4/26) ... Logged six kills and a team-high five blocks in the NCAA play-in match against Lewis (4/29) ... Registered two kills and one block in the NCAA national semifinal match at No. 1 Loyola (5/1).
2013 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
Was a three-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Wheaton-Warrenville South in Wheaton, Ill. ... led his team to three DVC and Sectional titles, two Regional Championships, a state runner-up finish and the state championship ... named Most Improved in 2010 ... led the team in blocks as a junior and senior ... was a Sun Times-Top 50 Players, Chicago-Tribune Top 10 Players to Watch and Volleyball Magazine Top 50 Players selection ... named to the IHSVCA All-Star Team ... was a unanimous DVC All-Conference pick ... honored as a Daily Herald first-team All-Area, Chicago Sun Times first-team All-State, first-team AVCA All-American and first-team Mizuno All-American selection ... during his senior season, his team was honored as the ESPN PowerAde Fab 50 National Champs, the Mizuno National Team of the Year and its 42-0 record was the best single season record in the history of the state ... was a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree ... played for the Sports Performance Volleyball Club in West Aurora, Ill.
Born Matthew Thomas Callaway on April 6, 1994 in Wheaton, Ill. ... parents are Paul and Susan Callaway ... had two brothers, Adam and Jonathan, and one sister, Olivia ... majoring in business ... names disc golf as favorite hobby; Macklemore, Neon Trees, Young the Giant, Kid Cudi, Eminem, Dave Matthews Band, Brother Ali and Of Monsters and Men as favorite entertainers; reading and English as favorite subjects; the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bulls as favorite professional sports teams; Aaron Rodgers, Derrick Rose, Sean Rooney, Donald Driver, Clay Matthews and Brett Favre as favorite athletes; pizza, lasagna and pulled pork as favorite foods; "The Hobbit," "The Hunger Games" series, the "Eragon" series and "The Thief Lord" as favorite books; "That 70s Show," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Dexter", "Breaking Bad," "Weeds," "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones" as favorite TV shows; "7 Pounds," "Good Will Hunting," "A Beautiful Mind," "Remember the Titans," "The Prestige," the Batman movies, "Memento," "Pursuit of Happiness," "Book of Eli," "Inception," "Warrior," "Se7en," the Star Wars movies, "Step Brothers," "Caddy Shack," "21 Jump Street," and "I Am Legend" as favorite movies; Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Tom hardy, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Mila Kunis, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Ellen Page as favorite actors; and Rome, Hawaii and Australia as favorite places to visit.
Why Penn State?
"I chose to attend Penn State because I loved the campus. The coaches and players made me feel like part of the team before I even decided to attend. Penn State has great academics and a plethora of majors. It also has a fantastic athletic department and I believe the school does a great job of balancing athletics and academics. When I visited Penn State I knew it was right, it felt like a home away from home. It is a great opportunity to get a great education and play for a quality Division I volleyball program."