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May 2, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After sweeping Princeton in the EIVA Final for its 12th straight conference title on Saturday, May 1, the 12th-ranked Penn State men's volleyball team (23-7) has earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Championship. The Nittany Lions will take on third-ranked and second seeded Cal State Northridge (23-9), who earned the at-large bid, on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) at Stanford's Maples Pavilion. Top-seeded Stanford takes on No. 4 seed Ohio State in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET). The winners of each semifinal match will meet in the National Championship on Saturday, May 8 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET).
The Penn State-Cal State Northridge match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPNU with a simulcast on ESPN360.com. It can also be heard on the web at GoPSUsports.com and in the State College area on WRSC-FM (103.1) with Dean DeVore and Dr. Tom Tait. The Stanford-Ohio State match will air on ESPNU and will be broadcast on ESPN2 on a tape-delay on Friday, May 7 at 1 p.m. ET. The National Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN with a simulcast on ESPN360.com.
All session tickets for the event are $125 for VIP/Courtside, $25 for reserved lower level, $20 for adult general admission and $15 for youth/student/senior general admission on the upper level. Single-session tickets will be available on May 6 and all tickets are based on availability.
Penn State claimed its 12th consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) title Saturday night with a three-set sweep of Princeton (30-28, 30-27, 30-13). The Nittany Lions are making their 12th straight and 25th overall NCAA National Semifinal appearance, having captured the national championship title in 1994 and 2008.
The Nittany Lions and the Matadors are meeting for the second time this season. CSUN won the first meeting on Saturday, April 10, 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-25). Penn State is 6-4 all-time against the Matadors and last met in the NCAA National Semifinals in 1993. The Matadors won the match, 3-0 (15-2, 15-5, 15-11).
"This year's final four again proves just how evenly matched this whole season was, especially in the MPSF," said assistant coach Jay Hosack. "It was a year where anyone could beat anyone at any time. We faced Cal State Northridge earlier this season in the midst of a few weeks of tough travel for us. I think they are a great matchup for our team in the tournament. We're going to be fresh and we've had a great few weeks of practice to prepare. I think Stanford is the team of destiny this year. They're hosting and have some great motivation. However, I think it's truly anyone's game."
Penn State has faced the Buckeyes three times this season and are 2-1 overall. The Lions defeated OSU 3-1 in their final match at the Hawaii Outrigger Invitational and swept the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio on March 3. The teams met a third time at Rec Hall on Sunday, March 21 with Ohio State coming out on top, 3-1. The Lions are 64-23 against the Buckeyes with a 5-1 lead in the NCAA tournament. The last NCAA meeting was a Penn State win in the 2008 semifinals in Irvine, Calif.
The Nittany Lions lead the series with Stanford 5-2 and have never met in the NCAA Tournament. The teams last met in Springfield's Hall of Fame Classic on Feb. 11, 2006 with the Lions winning, 3-0 (30-22, 30-26, 30-25).
For more information on the Penn State men's volleyball team, please visit www.GoPSUsports.com. The Penn State men's volleyball 2010 season is presented by Rockvale Outlets and The Outlets at Hershey.