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Jan. 18, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Redshirt junior Joe Sunder (Greensburg, Pa.) was named the EIVA Tait Player of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. It is the second honor of Sunder's career.
Sunder led the Nittany Lions to a 2-1 record and a second place finish in the Outrigger Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii. Penn State earned wins against then No. 5 Hawaii and No. 14 Ball State.
Against then No. 8 UCLA, Sunder hit .341 tallying 25.5 points with a career-high 24 kills and three total blocks. He improved upon his career-high against Hawaii with 33 kills in 48 attempts for a .583 attack percentage. Sunder also put up four blocks against the Warriors. He closed out the invitational with 13 kils on .417 hitting with three blocks against Ball State. For the week, Sunder averaged 5.83 kills per set, .833 blocks per set and 6.33 points per set. He was named the Outrigger Invitational Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.
Penn State opens its home slate on Friday, Jan. 21 against Saint Francis in the South Gym of Rec Hall at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions host Springfield on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. in the South Gym of Rec Hall.
For more information on the Penn State men's volleyball team, please visit GoPSUsports.com. The Penn State men's volleyball 2011 season is presented by Rockvale Outlets and The Outlets at Hershey.