State College stood toe-to-toe with Central Dauphin on Tuesday night but fell 27-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-22 as the Rams solidified their lead in the Mid Penn Conference’s Commonwealth Division.
“On the whole it was a fun night,” said Little Lions coach Kim-Li Kimel, whose team had an eight-point lead in the first set but could not hold on. “We had our opportunities but we didn’t close it out. ... It was one of those nights were we feel like we gave it away.”
Peyton Stark had a strong hitting night, succeeding at a .615 rate with nine kills.
“His night was exceptional,” Kimel said. “He has been the only one consistently hitting at or above .500.”
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The defense was paced by Noah Christie’s 17 digs and Aaron Cymbor’s 15 digs. Gabe Avillion made 2.5 blocks, Brandon Kuruzovich gave out 40 assists, John Weakland delivered three aces and Cymbor added a pair of aces for the Little Lions (8-3). Weakland knocked in 21 kills.
Central Dauphin improved to 9-1.