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University Park, Pa., April 2, 2004 The ninth-ranked Penn State men??s volleyball team topped George Mason in three games (30-19, 30-28, 30-23) Friday night. The Nittany Lions improve to 16-6 and 8-1 in the EIVA Tait while the Patriots fall to 4-15 and 2-6 in the conference.
??We kept up our physical level of play,?? said head coach Mark Pavlik. ??We came in wanting to be physical. We played hard and smart for the most part, and we??ll take the win.??
Junior Keith Kowal (Reading, Pa.) posted a match-high 17 kills while sophomore Nate Meerstein (Pittsburgh, Pa.) notched 11 kills on an errorless 15 attempts for a career-high hitting percentage of .733. Freshman Alex Gutor (Irving, Texas) recorded notched nine kills and sophomore Kevin Wentzel (Pittsburgh, Pa.) posted eight kills. For the match, Penn State hit .474 to George Mason??s .157, including .636 to .040 in the first game.
Sophomore setter Dan O??Dell (Rochester, N.Y.) dished out 45 assists while senior libero Ricky Mattei (San Juan, Puerto Rico) notched seven digs and Gutor posted five.
The Nittany Lions won the blocking battle, 15.0 to 7.0, led by Kowal with eight and sophomore Matt Proper (Guys Mills, Pa.) with six.
For George Mason, Felix Campos posted 16 kills and Dustin Crosby added eight as Dave Egan recorded 35 assists. Crosby led the defense with four digs and R.J. Goubeaux tallied three blocks for the Patriots.
The Nittany Lions welcome Springfield on Saturday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. in the south gym of Rec Hall.
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