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Peter Russell earned Mike Anderson Penn State Player of the Match honors
Head coach Mark Pavlik earns EIVA Coach of Year
Penn State hosts NJIT on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Nittany Lions wrap up regular season at home
Both matches are set for 5:30 p.m. in South Gym
2015: (Redshirt Junior): Played in 23 of the team's 31 matches during the 2015 season, starting every game he played in ... Finished third on the team in blocking with 58 total blocks, averaging 0.67 blocks per set ... Had four kills and three blocks against No. 8 UC Irvine (1/8) ... Tallied one kill, one ace and two blocks against No. 10 Hawaii (1/9) ... Had a season-high nine kills at Ball State (1/16), adding a team-high three blocks ... Posted a season-high four blocks against Mount Olive (1/30) ... Made his return to the court against No. 7 USC (3/11), tallying three digs and three blocks ... Posted five kills on .714 hitting with no errors against CSUN (3/14), adding four blocks ... Tied for first on the team with three blocks against No. 11 OSU (3/21) ... Led the team with four blocks against Princeton (3/27) ... Had four kills on .500 hitting and three blocks against NJIT (3/28) ... Recorded four kills on five perfect swings at George Mason (4/4) ... Totaled five kills and four blocks against Sacred Heart (4/11) ... Had five kills at Princeton (4/17) and five kills on five perfect swings at NJIT (4/18) ... Led the team with five blocks at Saint Francis (4/25) ... Had six kills on seven perfect swings in the EIVA semis against Princeton (4/29) ... Posted four kills in the EIVA finals vs. GMU (5/1) ... Posted three kills, two digs and a team-high four blocks in the NCAA play-in against No. 4 Hawaii (5/5) ... Had three kills and a team-high four blocks in the NCAA national semifinals against No. 1 Lewis (5/7).
2014 (Redshirt Sophomore): One of two team captains ... Second Team All-EIVA ... Played in every single match during the 2014 season, finishing second on the squad in blocks (78), averaging 0.71 per set ... Posted nine kills, one ace and three blocks against No. 7 UCLA (1/9) ... Had four kills, one dig and one block at No. 14 Hawaii (1/10) ... Registered eight kills on .417 hitting against No. 12 Ohio State (1/11), adding one ace and one block ... Totaled five kills and three blocks against No. 14 IPFW (1/17) ... Logged three kills and two aces against Ball State (1/18) ... Tallied four kills, two digs and five blocks against Mount Olive (1/31) ... Totaled five kills, one ace, one dig and two blocks in the EIVA opener against Saint Francis (2/1) ... Contributed three kills, one ace, .and three blocks against No. 14 Ohio State (2/5) ... Had two kills, one ace and two digs against Erskine (2/7) ... Posted six kills on .400 hitting, adding one dig and one block against Pfeiffer (2/8) ... Recorded four kills, one ace, one dig, and four blocks against NJIT (2/14) ... Tallied three kills, one ace, two digs, and three blocks against Rutgers-Newark (2/15) ... Recorded five kills, one ace and two blocks against Sacred Heart (2/21) ... Contributed seven kills on .600 hitting, adding two digs against Harvard (2/22) ... Totaled three kills, and a team-high five blocks at Princeton (2/28) ... Led the team with six aces and six blocks as well as 12 kills on .688 hitting at George Mason (3/1) ... Registered six kills, two digs and two blocks at No. 14 Ohio State (3/7) ... Recorded five kills and two blocks vs. CSUN (3/14) ... Tallied 10 kills on .714 hitting at No. 2 LBSU (3/15) to earn Active Ankle All-Tournament team honors ... Totaled three kills and one dig at No. 1 Loyola (3/21) ... Collected six digs and two blocks against No. 10 Lewis(3/22) ... Registered two kills, one dig and one block against Princeton (3/28) ... Contributed five kills, one assist, two service aces and two digs against George Mason (3/29)...Recorded one dig at No. 15 Harvard (4/4)...Tallied one kill, one service ace, one dig, and two blocks at Sacred Heart (4/5) ... Posted four kills, two aces and a team-high four blocks at Saint Francis (4/12) ... Collected three kills, one service ace, and one block against Rutgers-Newark (4/18) ... Had six kills while leading the team with a .556 hitting percentage as well as contributing two digs and four blocks at NJIT (4/19) ... Tallied eight kills on .778 hitting, adding two aces in the EIVA Semifinals against George Mason (4/24) ... Posted five kills on seven errorless swings, adding two aces and two solo stuffs in the EIVA Championship against Princeton (4/26) ... Posted seven kills and three blocks in the NCAA play-in match against Lewis (4/29) ... Led the team with three blocks in the NCAA national semifinal match against No. 1 Loyola (5/1), adding two kills and two digs.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Second Team All-EIVA ... EIVA Defensive Player of the Week (2/23) ... Mike Anderson Penn State Player of the Match (2/8) ... pounded nine kills with two blocks vs. UCLA (1/10) ... had seven kills and five blocks at Hawaii (1/11) ... had six kills and three blocks vs. Ohio State (1/12) ... had seven kills on .400 hitting with three blocks vs. Lewis (1/18) ... pounded six kills in nine swings vs. Loyola (1/22) ... had three aces vs. Sacred Heart (1/25) ... had a match-high five blocks vs. Mount Olive (2/2) ... pounded a team-best 10 kills on .769 hitting against Saint Francis (2/8) ... posted seven kills and four blocks at Sacred Heart (2/16) ... led the team with eight blocks vs. Princeton (2/23) ... tied for first on the squad with five blocks vs. George Mason (2/22) ... had nine kills on .429 hitting with eight blocks vs. Princeton (2/23) ... had eight kills on .667 hitting and four blocks at Rutgers-Newark (3/1) ... had six kills in eight errorless swings at NJIT (3/2) ... had 11 kills and three blocks at IPFW (3/9) ... pounded six kills at Ball State (3/10) ... had four kills and three blocks at Saint Francis (3/23) ... pounded seven kills and two blocks at Princeton (3/29) ... put down eight kills at George Mason (3/30) ... had three blocks vs. Lees-McRae (4/5) ... had seven kills on .667 hitting with five blocks at Concordia (4/12) ... had three kills and two blocks at UC Urvine (4/13) ... pounded eight kills on .778 hitting with three blocks vs. Rutgers-Newark (4/19) ... had four kills and two blocks vs. NJIT (4/20) ... had six kills against Harvard (4/27).
2012 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
Four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Exeter Township Senior High School in Reading, Pa. ... also a four-year letterwinner in basketball and two-year letterwinner in football ... guided Exeter to the 2009 and 2010 Berks Championship ... was a two-time First Team BCIAA and First Team District 3 AAA selection ... earned Berks Honorable Mention accolades in 2009 ... was a Pennsylvania Fab 40 pick ... was a USA Top 50 member ... played for the Yorktowne club program in York, Pa.
Born Matthew Alan Seifert on Dec. 11, 1992 in Reading, Pa. ... parents are Anita and Harvey Seifert ... has one brother, Elliot ... brother played football at Temple and in the AFL with the New York Dragons ... names fishing, swimming and doubles volleyball as hobbies, math as favorite school subject, the Philadelphia Eagles as favorite professional sports team, Muhammad Ali as favorite athlete, "It's Not About The Bike" by Lance Armstrong as favorite book, "That 70s Show" and "Eastbound and Down" as favorite TV shows, "The Boondock Saints" and "Fight Club" as favorite movies, Will Ferrell and Sandra Bullock as favorite actors and Italy and Paris as favorite places to visit ... majoring in secondary education and mathematics.
Why Penn State?
"I chose Penn State for the great academic opportunities, the great volleyball tradition and because nowhere else felt as good as Penn State did."
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