No. 6 Mení»s Volleyball Downs George Mason, 3-1
FAIRFAX, Va., April 7, 2007 ĘC The sixth-ranked Penn State mení»s volleyball team downed George Mason in four games (32-30, 19-30, 30-25, 30-20) Saturday night in Fairfax, Va., to close out the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Tait division regular season with a perfect 12-0, while also improving to 19-6 for the year.
Sophomore opposite Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) pounded 19 kills as freshman middle hitter Max Lipsitz (Williamsville, N.Y.) tied his career-best with 15 kills on .619 hitting. Senior outside hitter Alex Gutor (Kiev, Ukraine) posted 11 kills as sophomore middle hitter Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) provided 10 kills on .471 hitting.
Junior setter Luke Murray (East Petersburg, Pa.) dished out 51 assists and led the squad with a personal-best 10 digs for his first career double-double. Gutor chipped in seven digs, senior outside hitter Aaron Smith (Forest, Va.) recorded six digs to go along with his six kills on nine errorless swings, and senior libero Ryan Walthall (Irvine, Calif.) contributed five digs.
The Nittany Lions racked up eight service aces in the match, led by Holt with three, two each from Smith and Gutor and one from Anderson.
Lipsitz led the way with three blocks as Smith, Gutor, Holt and Anderson all posted two stuffs in the contest.
William Price paced George Mason with 19 kills as Kyle Gramit notched 17.
Penn State takes to the road next weekend for its final regular-season matches, traveling to Lewis and Loyola-Chicago on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14. The Nittany Lions return home to host the EIVA Semifinals and Championship on Thursday and Saturday, April 26 and 28 at Rec Hall.
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