Men's Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Penn State

SHU men's volleyball with head coach Greg Walker (credit: Steve McLaughlin)
SHU men's volleyball with head coach Greg Walker (credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting EIVA foe Penn State University Friday afternoon, at the Pitt Center.

Emerson Waumans paced the Pioneers with 18 kills as he hit .297 for the match. The Pioneers hit .217 as a team, with 51 kills. Calvin Mende led all players with 20 kills.

SHU returns home on Friday to host EIVA foe Penn State at 4 p.m.


Penn State 12-8; 7-2EIVA       

SHU           5-12; 1-9 EIVA

First Set: Penn State, 25-20

  • Rob Chatterton and Jakob Karlsson had back-too-back kills to give the Pioneers their first lead of the set, 5-4
  • A SHU service error, followed by consecutive hitting errors put Penn State back in front, and after trading service errors, the Nittany Lions led 8-6
  • SHU scored four of the next six points, knotting the set at 10-10
  • Penn State scored the next two and after building a 15-12 lead, forced a Pioneer timeout
  • A blocked attack out of the timeout gave Penn State its largest lead, 16-12
  • Trailing 17-13, Chatterton converted a kill and followed with a service ace to cut the deficit in half, 17-15, before serving wide to give Penn State a three-point lead
  • Tischler rallied the Pioneers with consecutive kills, forcing a Penn State timeout at 18-17
  • A service error began a 4-1 Nittany Lion run that gave Penn State a 22-18 advantage and forced a Pioneer timeout
  • Karlsson killed the first point out of the timeout, before consecutive Pioneer errors gave Penn State set point
  • A Waumans kill temporarily staved off the set loss, before a service error sealed the Nittany Lions win
  • Mende hit .500 in the set, with half of Penn States eight kills

Second Set: Penn State 25-23

  • After falling behind 2-1, SHU scored three-straight, with kills from Karlsson sandwiching a Penn State hitting error
  • The teams traded the next five points before back-to-back services aces from Jason Donorovich gave Penn State a 7-6 lead
  • Donorovich served into the net to bring SHU even and the teams stayed tied at each point through 16-16
  • A McLaren kill was followed by a Jalen Penrose ace gave Penn State an 18-16 advantage, that it pushed to 20-17, the largest margin of the set
  • A hitting error by Penn State cut the SHU deficit to two points and a Waumans kill made it 20-19 and the Nittany Lions took timeout
  • Donorovich killed the first ball out of the break as the Nittany Lions built a 24-21 advantage
  • A service error shaved one point off of the lead and a kill by Tischler brought SHU within a point, 24-23, and forced a Penn State timeout
  • Kevin Gear killed the ball off the next serve to seal the set victory
  • Mende recorded five kills in the set, hitting .625 to pace Penn State

Third Set: SHU, 25-21

  • The Pioneers scored first and never trailed in the set, that saw eight ties
  • SHU used a Bloomquist kill and service ace to break a 3-3 tie
  • Penn State answered with a Luke Braswell kill and ace from Donorovich, tying the set 5-5
  • After ties at 6-6 and 7-7, kills by Tischler and Chatterton gave SHU a 9-7 edge
  • Mende and McLaren kills brought Penn State level at 10-10
  • SHU scored three straight out of an 11-11 tie, capped by a Bloomquist service ace that forced a Penn State timeout
  • The Pioneers scored three of four points out of the timeout to build a 17-12 advantage and forced another Penn State timeout
  • The run ballooned to 10-2 as SHU opened a 21-14 advantage and maintained a six-point lead when it earned set-point, 24-18
  • Three consecutive service errors on set points brought Penn State within three, 24-21, and forced a SHU timeout
  • Waumans, who hit .444 in the third set, put the ball on the floor out of the break to earn the win for the Pioneers
  • Ricchetti handed out 14 assists in the set

Set Four: Penn State, 25-21

  • Mende had a kill on the opening point and the Nittany Lions led, or were tied, through
  • SHU drew event at 12-12 on a hitting error, but Penn State answered with three straight point to build its largest of the set, 15-12
  • Trailing 20-17, SHU received kills from Ricchetti and Blake Cox, forcing a timeout form Penn State at 20-19
  • Penn State scored the first two points out of the timeout, making the score 22-19, but again SHU made a push, with back-to-back Waumans
  • The Nittany Lions took their final timeout and scored three-straight to earn the win
  • Penn State scored six of its final 11 points via blocks

The Numbers

  • Ricchetti handed out 41 assists
  • Both teams recorded 51 kills in the match, with Penn State hitting .385
  • SHU had a 12-8 advantage in kills in the first
  • The second set saw 13 ties and six lead changes and there were 33 ties in the match, but no lead changes in the final two sets
  • Penn State had 4.0 kills in the third set and finished with 14.0 in the match