Penn State adds championship experience with latest recruiting class

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Penn State spanned the globe to fill out its roster with even more championship experience.

The Nittany Lions recently announced its seven-person recruiting class that will join the team starting in the 2021 season.

Mitch Tucker, a 6-foot-6 outside attacker from Fairpoint, New York, helped lead his high school team to an undefeated season and a state championship in 2018. He also was named to the Section All-Tournament Team during his senior season.

Luke Snyder, a 6-foot-3 setter from Manhattan Beach, California, won a gold medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championship with his club team last year. In addition, he helped his high school team reach the 2019 regional finals.

Ian Argento, a 6-foot-9 middle attacker from Seymour, Connecticut, was a three-time high school all-conference selection. Argento competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships last year and guided his team to a sixth-place finish.

Toby Ezeonu, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker from North Brunswick, New Jersey, was named his high school team’s most valuable player for three straight seasons and earned all-conference honors as a junior. He also helped lead his high school to a county championship during his freshman season.

Michal Kowal, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker from Rzeszow, Poland, won the Polish boys’ youth volleyball championship in 2016 and 2018. As a high school player, Kowal was a two-time team captain and earned his team’s most valuable player award last year.

Will Kuhs, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was a second-team all-regional selection in back-to-back seasons. The three-time all-conference selection also was a team captain and most valuable player of his high school team in 2019.

Michael Valenzi, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker from Boca Raton, Florida, was named to the all-county team three times and helped his high school team in 2018 finish undefeated and win a state championship. In addition, the two-time AAU All-American won a silver medal at the 2019 High Performance Championships.

Penn State was undefeated in EIVA play and ranked in the top 10 of both the national coaches poll and national media poll at the time the 2020 season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.