June 14, 2024
Wildman Records Seven Aces in No. 3 Men’s Volleyball’s Sweep of George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. – No. 3 Penn State men’s volleyball moved a single action nearer to the EIVA common year title and web hosting legal rights for the convention tournament with a 3- (25-20, 25-20, 25-15) street sweep in excess of George Mason on Friday night time.
 
The Nittany Lions enhanced to 21-3 total and 7- in the convention, even though the Patriots fell to 10-13 all round and 2-5 in the league. The Lions are two matches ahead of Charleston (WV) in the EIVA standings and can clinch the normal year title with another earn above the Patriots on Saturday coupled with an additional loss by the Eagles to Princeton the similar day.
 
Penn Point out essential just 30 kills although hitting .342 to get the sweep more than George Mason. The Lions included nine details on aces and 11 on blocks.
 
Wildman led the remarkable night time at the assistance line for Penn Point out. His seven aces matched his vocation significant that he established in a sweep of Saint Francis past year. 3 of his aces arrived consecutively in the to start with-set get.
 
The Lions’ other two aces came from Cal Fisher. He additional individuals to his group-large 13 kills on .385 hitting and his four blocks.
 
Owen Rose led the defensive work at the net with 5 blocks, while Ryan Merk anchored the back again-row defense with 12 digs. That matched the profession large that Merk established in his collegiate debut in opposition to Central Condition this time, but that arrived more than 4 sets.
 
Cole Bogner assisted on 24 of Penn State’s 30 kills. Michal Kowal strike .385 with six kills, even though Toby Ezeonu hit .444 with five kills.
 
George Mason’s Omar Hoyos concluded with 13 kills, but the Lions held him to .241 hitting. The Patriots hit .133 as a group.
 
Established 1
Wildman experienced 4 aces in the very first established to lead Penn State to a 25-20 gain. All 4, together with 3 consecutively, came during a 7- serving run that set the Lions up 22-16. Fisher also experienced an ace in addition to his 3 kills. The Lions essential just 9 kills in the set.
 
Set 2
Penn State posted another 25-20 gain in the next established at the rear of 5 kills and an ace from Fisher. Ezeonu had a few kills and no problems on his five swings. The Lions pulled absent with a 4- run that place them up 20-15. Fisher experienced two kills and an ace through the operate. Merk racked up six digs to enable maintain the Patriots to .226 hitting in the established.
 
Set 3
Fisher stored rolling with 5 kills on .444 hitting and Wildman tacked on two more aces as Penn State cruised to a 25-15 win in the remaining established. Kowal additional 3 kills and four digs.
 
Occupation Highs
Toby Ezeonu – assists (2)
 
Up Upcoming
Penn State and George Mason play once more on Saturday at 5 p.m.