Penn State Volleyball

Penn State men’s volleyball sweeps to victory

Behind 10 service aces and .439 hitting as a team, No. 9 Penn State swept past Charleston 25-14, 25-28, 25-15 Friday night.

With 13 Nittany Lions earning court time in the lopsided match, the team won with ease in its first trip to West Virginia.

“I thought that no matter who we had on the court we followed the game plan to a ‘T’,” coach Mark Pavlik said. “(Our guys) knew what we wanted to do in each rotation, and sometimes when you end up getting everybody playing time like that it tends to go out the window. These guys did a real good job of maintaining their defensive discipline and understanding what we wanted to do.”

Chris Nugent’s eight kills on .700 hitting led Penn State (19-8, 12-1 EIVA), with Lee Smith adding six kills and six digs. Spencer Sauter added six digs. Taylor Hammond and Zack Parik gave out 14 and 11 assists, respectively, and Nugent, Jalen Penrose and Matt McLaren each had a pair of aces.

The 10 aces as a team matched the season high.

Eugene Stuart’s eight kills led the Golden Eagles (4-23, 0-13).

Penn State closes the regular season at George Mason on Saturday.