The State College volleyball team opened its season by winning its pool before falling in the quarterfinals of the Norwin Boys Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.
The Little Lions won their pool by beating Gateway 25-10, 25-12, and Latrobe 25-21, 21-25, 15-6. In the first-place pool of the 16-team tournament, they split with Norwin 20-25, 25-20 and fell to Bethel Park 25-18, 25-14. In the quarterfinals, Altoona dropped State College 25-19.
“It was a good overall measuring stick,” State College coach Kim-Li Kimel said. “We didn’t see a lot of surprises. ... We got knocked out by our crosstown rival Altoona and that’s not how we wanted to end the day. We have a ton of room for growth and potential. A lot of points that we lost were things that we can control.”
John Weakland’s 30 kills, Tyler Snyder’s 24 kills and 15 digs, Noah Christie’s 27 digs and eight aces and Brandon Kuruzovich’s 80 assists led State College. Aaron Cymbor added three aces, while in blocks Snyder had 31/2 and Peyton Stark had three.
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The Little Lions are back on the court Wednesday at Exeter Township.