No. 7 Men¡¯s Volleyball Tops Lewis, 3-0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill., April 13, 2007 ¨C The seventh-ranked Penn State men¡¯s volleyball team topped Lewis in three games (31-29, 30-18, 30-26) Friday night here. The Nittany Lions earn their 12th 20-win season under head coach Mark Pavlik, improving to 20-6 for the year. The Flyers fall to 21-7 on the season.
Sophomore opposite Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y.) led all players with 27 kills on .489 hitting, his sixth match this season with 20 or more kills. Sophomore middle hitter Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio) provided nine kills as freshman middle hitter Max Lipsitz (Williamsville, N.Y.) chipped in seven, with both coming on .400 hitting. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jay Stauffer (Columbia, Pa.) tallied six kills as senior outside hitter Aaron Smith (Forest, Va.) notched four kills on an errorless six swings. Senior outside hitter Alex Gutor (Kiev, Ukraine) did not compete due to an ankle injury suffered at practice earlier in the week. As a team, Penn State attacked at a .418 clip for the match, including .533 (20-4-30) in the third game alone.
Junior setter Luke Murray (East Petersburg, Pa.) directed the Nittany Lion offense with 46 assists as senior libero Ryan Walthall (Irvine, Calif.) provided a match-high 12 digs, his ninth double-digit dig match of the season. Murray and Smith each posted six digs in the contest as Stauffer notched four.
Holt added three more service aces to his single-season school record total as Penn State recorded five as a team, including one each from Anderson and Stauffer.
The Nittany Lions recorded 6.5 team blocks to the Flyers¡¯ 8.0, led by Murray with four, Lipsitz and Holt with three apiece and Smith with two.
Jared Dayton paced Lewis with 17 kills as Billy Sahagian notched nine kills on .818 hitting and Drew Pickering chipped in six kills. Jordan Vidovic dished out 37 assists and Pickering also led the team with eight digs. Dayton, Alex Vigansky and David Kelnhofer all posted three blocks for the Flyers.
Penn State closes out its final regular-season contest at No. 11 Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Alumni Gym. The Nittany Lions then return home to host the EIVA Semifinals and Championship on Thursday and Saturday, April 26 and 28 at Rec Hall.