The first all-time meeting between Penn State and King will have to wait one more year.
King coach Ryan Booher confirmed to Off the Block that the programs have opted to postpone their non-conference match scheduled for January until the 2022 season.
This decision comes as the Tornado and Nittany Lions, along with the rest of college men’s volleyball, are preparing to play the upcoming season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has resulted in teams significantly reducing their non-conference matches and some conferences like the EIVA adding more conference matches.
King was slated to play Penn State at the conclusion of a season-opening road trip. The team on this road trip, though, will still play Saint Francis and NJIT on Jan. 22-23 at Saint Francis.
The Tornado have advanced to the last two ConfCarolinas Tournament finals and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2019. In addition, King in the recent ConfCarolinas Preseason Poll was picked to finish the upcoming ConfCarolinas season in third place.
Penn State was undefeated in the EIVA and ranked No. 8 in the national media poll at the time the 2020 season was canceled because of the pandemic.
The Nittany Lions have yet to release their entire 2021 season and any scheduled non-conference matches. The EIVA earlier this month unveiled its conference schedule with Penn State opening the upcoming season against Saint Francis on Feb. 5.