UNIVERSITY PARK — The sixth-ranked Penn State men’s volleyball team (6-1, 2-0 EIVA) earned a 25-23, 20-25, 25-14, 16-25, 15-6 victory against Harvard (3-1, 1-1) on Saturday night.
Redshirt sophomore Connor Curry and Kyle Mars shared the honor of Mike Anderson Penn State Player of the Match for their performances against the Crimson.
Junior Peter Russell led the Lions with 12 kills, while senior Tom Comfort added nine. Redshirt freshman Taylor Hammond dished out 37 assists and was second on the team in digs with seven. Curry tied his career-high with 21 digs and Mars tied with senior Ian Hendries with four blocks.
Lions win quad
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State posted a season-best score of 195.300 on Saturday night to take first place in a quad meet with Iowa, No. 20 Pittsburgh and Rutgers in Rec Hall. Finishing behind the Nittany Lions was Iowa at 195.325, followed by Pittsburgh at 193.575 and Rutgers at 193.225.
Senior Sharaya Musser was the all-around champion with a score of 39.525, a season-best for her. Musser was an individual event champion on the vault, bars and beam while finishing third on the floor exercise. Additionally, the Nittany Lions posted season-high scores as a team on the bars and floor.
On the vault, Penn State posted a team score of 49.075 with each gymnast putting up a 9.700 or better. Junior Sidney Sanabria-Robles started with a 9.800. Following a 9.775 by sophomore Lexi Carroll and junior Lindsay Musgrove, senior Madison Merriam posted a 9.875 a week after suffering an injury on the uneven bars. Musser finished with a 9.875 as well.
Musser led the way on the uneven bars with a 9.875. Sanabria-Robles finished behind Musser with a 9.850 and Merriam checked in at 9.800. The Nittany Lions posted a 49.050 total on the uneven bars and held a score of 98.125 through two events. Musser wrapped up the event on the balance beam with a 9.925, a season-high for her.
Musser’s finish carried over to the floor routine, where the team put up their season-best score of 49.025. Junior Kassidy Stauder led off on floor with a 9.775, followed by a 9.750 from freshman Taylor Alotta. Musgrove and Carroll each put together beautiful routines, finishing with a 9.800 and 9.825 respectively. Sanabria-Robles finished with an all-around score of 39.100 after putting up a 9.775 on her floor exercise. Musser wrapped up the meet with a 9.850.
PSU cruises past Temple
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State opened its season on Saturday by cruising past Temple 6-1.
The Nittany Lions’ duo of Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting got the squad rolling with an 8-1 doubles win over Temple’s Carly Bohman and Minami Okajima. Penn State’s doubles of Katherine Whiteaway and Jacqueline Zuhse stayed unbeaten by besting the Owls’ Yana Mavrina and Alicia Doms 8-4 to capture the point for the Nittany Lions.
Singles winners for Penn State were Utting, Devan McCluskey, Januskova, Whiteaway and Zuhse.
Orange ice PSU
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse scored three times in the first 11:29 and Penn State women’s hockey fell 4-1 at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Jill Holdcroft scored a power play goal early in the second period and freshman Celine Whitlinger made a career-high 51 saves to keep the Nittany Lions in the game.
Syracuse (14-11-1, 8-3-1 CHA) maintained its hold on second place in the CHA with a dominating first 20 minutes of the game. Nicole Ferrara scored 3:04 into the game after a power play expired for the early lead.
Syracuse doubled the lead 1:52 later through Kaillie Goodnough on a scramble in front of the net. The Orange capped the scoring at 11:29 when Jacquie Greco cashed in on a power-play goal. SU tallied 22 shots to PSU’s four attempts on net.
Penn State (7-16-1, 1-10-1 CHA) answered back early in the second period with Holdcroft’s eighth goal of the season. The play was set up by Shannon Yoxheimer and Jess Desorcie. Holdcroft shifts into first on the team for the most power play goals with her fourth of the season.
Lions sink Navy
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State topped Navy 188-112 for its fourth dual win of the season on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions (4-2, 0-1 Big Ten) took 11 of 16 events from the Midshipmen (5-5, 3-0 Patriot League) in the first program win of the all-time series. The victory was highlighted by three new pool records, two of which came from junior Sean Grier in the 100 back and the 100 fly.
Grier remains undefeated in both the 100 back and 100 fly, winning today with NCAA qualifying times of 48.32 and 47.98, respectively. The junior broke his own record of 48.00 seconds in the 100 fly, set earlier in the season against Villanova on Nov. 10, 2012. The McCoy Natatorium record in the 100 back (48.58) had originally been set by Josh Weaver in 1999, making it the second 13-year old record Grier has demolished this season.
PSU topples Navy
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State won 11 of 16 events to topple Navy 185-107 on Saturday to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Melissa Rodriguez, Gabi Shishkoff, Megan Springsteen and Paige Whitmire each won two events.
After joining the team at the beginning of the spring semester, Rodriguez has made her mark on the squad quickly after winning a pair of individual events, helping a relay to a runner up showing and finishing second in a third individual swim vs. Navy. The rookie opened her competition by helping the Nittany Lions sweep the relays, helping her quartet finish second in the 200 medley relay and followed that with her first collegiate victory five events later. Rodriguez claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.51 and followed that with a win in the 200 breaststroke at 2:16.83. She finished her meet with a swim in the 200 IM and finished second with a 2:07.90 showing.
The junior class had a strong showing, as well, with Springsteen sweeping the diving events and Shishkoff touching first in the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke. On the boards, Springsteen posted her second best score of the year at the one-meter height when she topped the field with a score of 243.82.