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Men's Volleyball Thrilling Comeback Falls Just Shy to Stanford, 3-2

Penn State vs. Ohio State Boxscore

Stanford vs. SC Boxscore

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – February 10, 2006 – Springfield College freshman outside hitter Ryan Fredrickson (Manahawkin, N.J.) tallied a team-best 21 kills to go along with 10 digs and two blocks, but it was the Pride which fell just short of a comeback against Stanford University, 3-2, in the opening night of the 2006 Volleyball Hall of Fame-Morgan Classic.

In the first match of tonight’s Morgan Classic doubleheader, 11th-ranked Penn State University defeated No. 8 Ohio State University, 3-1.

After falling behind to a quick 2-0 deficit early on (30-24, 30-22), SC responded, winning an extremely close third game (30-28), and then the fourth game, 30-24, to force a fifth and decisive game.

In that fifth and decisive game, both the Pride and Cardinal each had two match points that would have ended the contest, but it was an assisted block by senior Jeremy Jacobs and freshman Brandon Williams which finally ended the fifth game, at 19-17, in favor of Stanford. The Cardinal improves to 4-9 overall on the season as the Pride drops to 5-4.

Senior opposite Ben Reddy led the way with a match-best 30 kills and 12 digs for Stanford, as senior William Clayton added 14 kills. Senior Nick Manov led all players with six blocks on the night.

Springfield sophomore outside hitter Eric Palumbo (Rochester, N.Y.) chipped in with 14 kills for the Pride, as sophomore outside hitter Javier Rosario (San Juan, Puerto Rico) added 10 digs, and sophomore opposite David Smietana (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the team with five blocks.

In second day action at the Morgan Classic, on Saturday night, February 11, No. 11 Penn State is matched up with Stanford at 6:00 p.m., and the Pride will host No. 8 Ohio State University in the finale at 8:00 p.m.

No. 11 Penn State 3, No. 8 Ohio State 1

Freshman middle hitter Matt Anderson notched 17 kills and had an impressive hitting percentage of .481 to lead the Penn State men’s volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Ohio State tonight in first round action of the 2006 Morgan Classic at Springfield College’s Blake Arena.

Penn State defeated the Buckeyes by game scores of: 30-19, 25-30, 30-25, 30-27. The Nittany Lions, ranked 11th in the nation, avenged an earlier loss to Ohio State in Hawaii. In that match, Ohio State defeated Penn State, 3-2.

With the win, Penn State raises its record to 5-4, while Ohio State falls to 9-2.

In play this evening, Penn State’s Anderson, a 6-7 freshman from West Seneca, N.Y. and West Seneca HS, had 17 kills and just 4 errors in 27 attempts for his .481 percentage. He also had 7 digs and 3 blocks.

Others who played well for Penn State included 6-9 senior middle hitter Nate Meerstein (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Clair HS) with 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage, 6-6 senior outside hitter Matt Proper (Guy Mills, Penn./Maplewood HS) with 11 kills, 6-9 freshman middle hitter Max Holt (Cincinnati, Ohio/Purcell Marian HS) with 10 kills, and 6-7 senior setter Dan O’Dell (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit HS) with 50 set assists and 6 blocks.

Ohio State had a balanced attack. It was led by 6-5 junior middle hitter Brett Versen (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville HS) with 11 kills, 5 blocks, and a .467 hitting percentage. Also playing well for the Buckeyes were 6-3 senior outside hitter Sam Stevens (Miami, Fla./Westminster Christian) with 11 kills, 6-4 5th-year senior outside hitter Stuart Katz (Port Washington, N.Y./Paul D. Schreiber HS) with 10 kills, 6-6 sophomore setter Daniel Mathews (Shorewood, Wisc./Shorewood HS) with 49 set assists, and 6-6 junior outside hitter Matt Hankey (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North HS) with 10 kills, 3 blocks, and a .333 hitting percentage.

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