Penn State volleyball: Lions sweep away Pioneers

From CDT staff reportsFebruary 22, 2014 

— The No. 12 Penn State men’s volleyball team (11-2, 4-0) stretched its winning streak to 11 consecutive victories with a 25-21, 25-13, 25-15 win over Sacred Heart (5-7, 2-3) to remain unbeaten in EIVA on Friday night.

The win also marks the Nittany Lions’ fifth consecutive straight-set victory.

Junior Aaron Russell powered the PSU offense with a match-high 16 kills on 23 perfect swings, adding two aces, four blocks and eight digs. His season-high .696 hitting clip also earned the middle hitter his third Mike Anderson Penn State Player of the Match honor this season.

Senior Peter Russell followed closely behind with 12 kills to go along with five digs and one block. Redshirt junior Nick Goodell added seven kills and two aces, while also leading the team with a career-high 10 digs.

Redshirt sophomore Taylor Hammond paced the squad to a .382 hitting clip, dishing out 42 assists, while also tallying four digs, a block and a kill. The Nittany Lions also limited Sacred Heart to less than .172 hitting in all three sets, holding the Pioneers to .000 and .050 attacking percentages in the second and third stanzas, respectively.

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