Lipsitz Aids U.S. Men's A2 Team in Defeat of Mexico
May 26, 2010
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former Nittany Lions men's volleyball player Max Lipsitz (Williamsville, N.Y.) aided the U.S. Men's A2 Volleyball Team in a 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 26-28, 15-9) defeat of Mexico on Tuesday night in the Pan American Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Men's A2 Team is now 1-0 in pool play and faces host Puerto Rico at 9 p.m. ET tonight to determine the pool winner.
Lipsitz , who started at middle blocker, finished the match with nine points on six kills, two blocks and one ace. He competed against former Nittany Lion Ivan Contreras (`97), the starting opposite for Mexico, who tallied 27 points, including a match-high 26 kills.
Lipsitz will meet up with another PSU men's volleyball alum tonight when the U.S. Men face Puerto Rico. Ramon Hernandez (`94) is an assistant coach for Puerto Rico.
A three-time AVCA All-American, Lipsitz guided the 2010 Penn State men's volleyball team to a 24-8 record and the program's sixth NCAA Championship match appearance. Lipsitz, a 2010 first team Academic All-District honoree, led the nation with a .524 hitting percentage and led the Nittany Lions in blocking, averaging 1.42 blocks per set. He ranked third on the team in 3.61 kills per set.
2010 U.S. Pan American Cup Roster
Head Coach: Rick McLaughlin (UC Santa Barbara)
Team Manager: Chris Birch (Penn State)
Assistant Coach: John Hawks (Long Beach State)
Therapist/Trainer: Brian Baise (Harvard)
Technical Coordinator: Chris Birch (Penn State)
Tournament Schedule (All times ET)
May 27, 4 p.m.: Classification 9
May 28, 4 p.m.: Classification 7/8
May 29, 4 p.m.: Classification 5/6