Penn State dropped its regular-season finale to George Mason in four sets Saturday night.
The Nittany Lions struggled to .173 hitting, making 30 errors, in the 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 29-27 loss. The Patriots fought off five Penn State set points in the fourth set before wrapping up the win.
“We had 12 service errors and 30 hitting errors for a total of 42 points — that’s a game-and-a-half (worth of free points),” coach Mark Pavlik said. “When you can’t play clean and you have the opportunities that we created, it makes it real difficult and you have to play twice as hard.”
The Nittany Lions (19-9, 12-2) suffered two EIVA losses in a season for the first time since 1992. They were led by Chris Nugent’s 11 kills and four blocks, 10 kills each for Aiden Albrecht and Matt Seifert, Royce Clemens’ 19 digs and Taylor Hammond’s 44 assists.
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Jack Wilson’s 26 kills, Dom Edgley’s eight kills, Johnny Gomez’s 20 digs and Brian Negron’s 43 assists led George Mason, which outblocked the Lions 13-7.5.
Penn State is the No. 1 seed, and George Mason is No. 2, for the EIVA tournament Thursday and Saturday at Rec Hall.