Coach Mike Rumbaugh after almost two decades of coming just short of beating Penn State led St. Francis to one of the school’s biggest upsets.
St. Francis rallied from a one-game deficit to upset No. 6/6 Penn State in four games on Friday for the program’s first all-time victory against its in-state conference rival.
The Red Flashes in the win had more than a .300 attack percentage in two games, including hitting a match-best .343 in the fourth game. In addition, outside attacker Stephen Braswell led all players with 20 kills, while middle attacker Mike Marshman added seven kills on zero attack errors and had a match-high five blocks.
Braswell also was one of the three St. Francis players to have double-digit digs against first-place Penn State.
This was the first time since 1998 that the 17-time defending EIVA champion Nittany Lions lost a conference regular season match at home.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with Rumbaugh following the conference upset victory.