No. 3 Men's Volleyball Hosts Final Regular-Season Home Match
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Prior to the match, Penn State will honor senior middle hitter Keith Kowal (Reading, Pa.) for his outstanding contributions to Penn State volleyball.
Previewing Penn State
Five Nittany Lion players are averaging more than 2.00 kills per game, led by junior Matt Proper (Guys Mills, Pa.) with 4.01 kills per game. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Gutor (State College, Pa.) is posting 3.12 kpg, junior middle Nate Meerstein (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is averaging 2.97 kpg, senior middle Keith Kowal (Reading, Pa.) is recording 2.55 kpg and junior outside hitter Kevin Wentzel (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is putting away 2.18 kpg. In addition, sophomore outside hitter Aaron Smith (Richmond, Va.) is chipping in 1.51 kills per game.
Junior setter Dan O¡¯Dell (Rochester, N.Y.) directs a majority of the offense with 12.54 assists per game as freshman Luke Murray (East Petersburg, Pa.) has played in 34 games and averages 5.82 assists per game.
Freshman libero Gary Vogel (Lancaster, Pa.) leads the team defense with 2.33 digs per game as Smith chips in 1.33 digs per game and Proper posts 1.14 digs per game.
Kowal leads the Penn State blocking machine with 1.71 blocks per game, good for first in the nation. Meerstein ranks fourth in the country with 1.41 blocks per game and Proper is tied for 10th with 1.32 blocks per game. In addition, Smith chips in 0.94 blocks per game and O¡¯Dell adds 0.89 blocks per game.
As a team, Penn State is hitting .357, third-best in the nation, while averaging 15.36 kills per game, 14.33 assists per game, 1.23 service aces per game, 8.50 digs per game and 3.91 blocks per game.
Last Time Out
The Nittany Lions will host an opponent yet to be determined in the EIVA Quarterfinals on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Rec Hall. Should Penn State advance, Rec Hall will host the EIVA Semifinals and Championship on Thursday and Saturday, April 28 and 30. The EIVA Championship match will be televised live on CSTV at 7:15 p.m. ET. The winner of the EIVA Championship earns the automatic bid to the NCAA Semifinals, hosted by UCLA on Thursday, May 5. The National Championship match is slated for Saturday, May 7 in Los Angeles.
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