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Joe Sunder
Joe  Sunder

RS Senior

Greensburg, Pa.

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Penn State Student-Athletes Earn NCAA and Big Ten Titles and High Graduation Rates During Outstanding 2011-12

Nittany Lions Place 12th in Directors' Cup Standings; Post 88 Percent Graduation Rate


Lions Finish 12th in Directors' Cup Standings

Penn State has finished in the Top 25 every year


Lions Sit 10th in Current Directors' Cup Standings

Penn State has finished in the Top 25 every year


Three Nittany Lions Named Volleyball Magazine All-Americans

Sunder, Goas and Russell were honored as Volleyball Magazine All-Americans


Lions Sit Fifth in Current Directors' Cup Standings

Penn State has finished in the Top 25 every year

Lion Career
2011 (Redshirt Junior): AVCA First Team All-America ... First Team All-EIVA ... EIVA Championship All-Tournament Team ... Outrigger Invitational Most Outstanding Player ... EIVA Player of the Week (1/17, 3/7, 3/21) ... AVCA National Player of the Week (1/18) ... Mike Anderson Player of the Game (1/22, 4/2) ... started in 28 matches, playing 100 sets ... led the team with 4.54 kills, averaging 4.54 kills per set on .361 hitting ... his 4.54 kills per set ranked fourth in the nation, while his .361 hitting percentage ranked ninth ... tied for first on the team with 29 aces and his 0.29 aces per set ranked in the top 30 in the nation ... finished third on the team with 119 digs and totaled 48 blocks for the season ... pounded 24 kills one .341 hitting with three blocks against UCLA (1/13) ... tallied a career-high 33 kills with four blocks against Hawaii (1/14) ... had a team-best 15 kills against Springfield (1/22) ... combined for 46 kills and 12 digs against Loyola and Lewis (1/28-29) ... led the team with 16 kills vs. UC Irvine (2/4) ... led the team with 17 kills vs. Rutgers-Newark (2/11) ... led the team with 16 kills and had five blocks vs. Saint Francis (2/23) ... put down a team-high 16 kills on .464 hitting vs. George Mason (2/26) ... had a team-best 16 kills on .464 hitting at Springfield (3/5) ... had a team-best 22 kills and was second on the team with nine digs at UCLA (3/9) ... was second on the team with 17 kills vs. UCSB (3/11) .. had a team-best 17 kills and four blocks at Long Beach (3/12) ... led the team with 15 kills against George Mason (4/2) ... was second on the team with 11 kills and tied for first on the team with three aces vs. Ohio State (4/10) ... combined for a team-best 24 kills in the EIVA Tournament (4/28-30) ... had a match-high 18 kills vs. Ohio State in NCAA National Semifinal (5/5).

2010 (Redshirt sophomore): Second Team All-EIVA ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... EIVA Championship Most Outstanding Player ... EIVA Championship All-Tournament Team ... Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team ... EIVA Player of the Week (2/8) ... started all 32 matches and played in all 112 sets ... finished the season second on the team with 440 kills, averaging 3.93 kills per set ... led the team in kills 12 times ... had double-digit kills in 29 matches ... also contributed 16 assists, 26 aces, 161 digs and 79.0 total blocks for the season ... had a team-best 14 kills in the season opener against USC (1/7) ... had 19 kills and a career-high four aces at Hawaii (1/8) ... posted 20 kills and 11 digs at Lewis (1/29) ... registered 19 kills and four blocks at Loyola (1/30) ... recorded 11 kills in 13 attempts with only one error (.769) vs. IPFW (2/20) ... put down a career-high 21 kills vs. BYU (3/12) ... made a personal-best seven blocks at IPFW (4/2) ... posted 16 kills and 10 digs at UC Santa Barbara (4/9) ... had 15 kills on 19 errorless swings (.789) with seven digs in the EIVA Semifinal match vs. Springfield (4/29) ... tallied 12 kills and 10 digs in the EIVA Championship match against Princeton (5/1) ... had 18 kills in the NCAA National Semifinal vs. Cal State Northridge (5/6) ... recorded 12 kills in the NCAA Championship against Stanford (5/8).

2009 (Summer): Competed for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team at the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championships in Pune, India ... was a starting opposite ... team finished eighth in the tournament ... led the team with 17 points on 14 kills, two blocks and one ace in a 3-1 win vs. Tunisia.

2009 (Redshirt Freshman): Second Team All-EIVA ... EIVA All-Championship Team ... played in all 31 matches starting on the outside for 28 of them ... finished the season with 251 kills, 23 aces, 120 digs and 52 total blocks ... pounded 17 kills on .517 hitting in his first collegiate start at Hawaii (1/10) ... posted 12 kills on .611 hitting with six digs against Ohio State (2/14) ... went 10-1-16 to hit .714 with six digs against IPFW (3/20) ... tallied 16 kills at George Mason (4/11) ... went 15-2-20 to hit .650 against George Mason 4/30) ... had 11 kills and four blocks in the EIVA title match with Juniata (5/2) ... posted 14 kills against Southern California in the NCAA Tournament match.

2008 (Summer): Played outside hitter and opposite for the United States Junior National Team at the NORCECA Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador ... team finished third in the tournament to qualify for the 2009 World Championship ... led the team in points with 16 versus Guatemala.

2008 (Freshman): Redshirted.

High School
Four-year volleyball letterwinner at Hempfield Area High School outside of Pittsburgh ... was named the WPIAL AAA Most Valuable Player in 2007 ... helped his Spartan squad to a 12-4 record in 2007 while recording 158 digs, 71 blocks and 199 kills ... during junior senior in 2006, recorded 65 digs, 175 blocks and 278 kills while aiding the squad to a 14-3 overall mark ... member of the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Club ... also earned WPIAL section 1 first team honors in basketball ... member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Born Joseph R. Sunder on May 18, 1989 in Jeannette, Pa. ... parents are Rick and Patti Sunder ... has one sister, Leslie (21) ... uncle Jack Greiner graduated from Penn State in 1955 and cousin Steve Grabowski graduated in 2000 ... names playing the guitar as a hobby, Pink Floyd as favorite musical entertainer, math as favorite school subject, the Pittsburgh Steelers as favorite professional sports team, Michael Jordan as favorite athlete, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" as favorite book, "Seinfeld" as favorite television show, "Ocean's Eleven" as favorite movie, Jim Carey as favorite actor, Angelina Jolie as favorite actress and Virginia Beach, Va., as favorite place to visit ... majoring in engineering ... nickname is Thunder.


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