No. 12 Men's Volleyball Travels to Harvard and Sacred Heart
April 3, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. T-12 Penn State men's volleyball team (17-6, 8-1) hits the road this weekend for a crucial road test against two EIVA conference opponents. The Nittany Lions visit No. 15 Harvard (12-6, 8-2) Friday, April 4 for a 7 p.m. matchup before heading to Sacred Heart (9-16, 3-8) Saturday, April 5 for another 7 p.m. tilt.
Sitting second at 8-2 in the league standings, the Crimson is just one match behind PSU, making this weekend's matchup a prime opportunity for Penn State to take another step toward clinching the conference title after straight-set victory against Princeton last weekend at home.
WEEK 12 IN REVIEW
NITTANY LIONS IN THE AVCA COACHES POLL - WEEK 13 UPDATE
The Nittany Lions swept past the Crimson in straight sets last month to move to 7-1 all-time against Harvard. Redshirt junior Nick Goodell recorded his first double-double of the season in the last outing in February with 11 kills and 10 digs. The win was also PSU's second straight since surrendering their first loss to the Crimson in program history in the final regular-season outing in 2013.
PENN STATE VS. SACRED HEART - LAST TIME OUT
NITTANY LIONS SWEEP EIVA WEEKLY AWARDS
Russell earned his fourth EIVA Offensive Player of the Week selection after recording two consecutive double digit kill performances during the week. He opened the weekend with 13 kills on .478 hitting in the win against Princeton before closing out the week with a match-high 16 kills, seven digs and three blocks against George Mason. Goodell notched his first EIVA Defensive Player of the Week selection in 2014 after registering six blocks and 10 digs during a 2-0 week at home. Against Princeton, he tallied 13 kills, three blocks and three digs, while also logging eight kills, seven digs and three blocks against George Mason.
HERNANDEZ HIGHLIGHTS 2014 EIVA HALL OF FAME CLASS
Hernandez earned AVCA All-America honors in three consecutive seasons at Penn State, while also garnering four straight First Team All-East/All-EIVA honors from 1991-94. While at Penn State, Hernandez also worked his way to the top of the record book, as he currently ranks among the top five in all three blocking categories in PSU history. His 107 solo blocks ranks first all-time, while his 390 block assists ranks fifth and his 497 total blocks ranks third.
PENN STATE EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE "EIVA RALLIES! AWARD"
This month, Penn State averaged 666 fans at its home matches, which is up by nearly 100 fans from February's average of 594. George Mason followed the Nittany Lions' top attendance mark with 340 fans during the month of March, followed by Saint Francis' total of 264.
A CLEAN SWEEP
AMONG THE BEST SERVERS IN THE NATION
Redshirt junior Nick Goodell also broke into the top 15 nationally in the category this week. His 0.37 aces per set ranks 15th nationally and second in the EIVA behind Russell.