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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 13 Penn State (9-5, 4-1) grabbed their fourth win of the season in EIVA play as they swept Harvard in Rec Hall Friday night behind the efforts of Lee Smith and company.
"I think tonight's win is important in several ways," said head coach Mark Pavlik.
"When you view the EIVA and the way it is this year, you really have to protect your home court. With all the five game matches that have gone on, anytime you can get out with a 3-0 win youre pretty fortunate."
Lee Smith led the way for the Nittany Lions against the Crimson, finishing the night with 16 kills on 29 attempts hitting .379 on the night. Smith also recorded seven digs and four blocks earning Mike Anderson Memorial Player of the Game honors.
Mende led Penn State in blocks individually while the team registered 10.0 blocks on the night.
Penn State opened up with a 25-17 first set win over the Crimson to take a 1-0 set lead into the second set.
Harvard led early to start set two running out to a three point lead over Penn State 10-7.
A few plays later, Harvard would extend their lead to four holding a 12-8 advantage following a Nittany Lion service error.
Penn State kept their composure, working their way back into the game finding themselves tied 19-19 with Harvard forcing the Crimson to call their first timeout.
Following the timeout, Penn State and Harvard exchanged points leading to extra volleyball in the second set as the teams pushed the score to 33-33 before either team could put together back-to-back points to close out the set as Penn State did with kills from Matt Callaway and Aidan Albrecht to take the set 35-33 and hold a 2-0 set advantage.
Harvard battled hard in the third set, tying the game three times before dropping the set 25-22 in favor of Penn State giving the Nittany Lions their fourth sweep of the year as well as fourth EIVA win on the year.
Penn State will return to the court tomorrow night as they host Sacred Heart for a 7 p.m. match at Rec Hall during Military appreciation night.
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