No. 13 Men's Volleyball Heads West to Concordia, No. 4 UC Irvine
April 11, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 13th-ranked Penn State men's volleyball team heads west this weekend to visit Concordia and No. 4 UC Irvine. Both matches are set for 10 p.m. ET starts.
Nittany Lion Preview
Against Lees-McRae Penn State hit .388 and averaged 12.33 kills, 11.67 assists, 1.67 aces, 8.00 digs per set and 3.33 blocks per set.
Penn State vs. Concordia
Scouting the Eagles
Junior opposite Naseri Tumanuvao leads the Eagles with 3.40 kills per set and junior setter Kevin Fiske paces the offense with an average of 9.43 assists per set. Defensively junior outside Dillon Auxier, Fiske and Tumanuvao average 1.22 digs per set or better. At the net, junior middle Mark Metrakos averages a team-high 1.05 blocks per set.
Penn State vs. UC Irvine
UC Irvine leads the series with the Nittany Lions 6-4. The squads last met in the 2012 NCAA National Semifinals. The Anteaters won the match 3-1 before eventually taking the NCAA title. Penn State's last win against UCI was in the 2006 NCAA National Semifinals with the Lions defeating the Anteaters, 3-2.
Scouting the Anteaters
Senior outside Kevin Tillie leads the Anteaters offensively averaging 3.87 kills per set on .343 hitting. Junior Daniel Stork and senior Chris Austin share setting duties dishing out 9.96 and 9.13 assists per set, respectively. Sophomore libero Michael Brinkley is UCI's top back row player with 2.57 digs per set, while junior middle Collin Mehring is a wall at the net with 1.26 blocks per set.
For more information on the Penn State men's volleyball team, please visit GoPSUsports.com. The Penn State men's volleyball 2013 season is presented by Rockvale Outlets.