Jaeschke powers Loyola past Penn State, into NCAA finals

All-American outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke made sure the sold-out home crowd didn’t leave Gentile Arena disappointed.

Jaeschke had a match-high 24 kills as Loyola defeated Penn State 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11 in front of 4,435 fans at the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Thursday in Chicago.

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NCAA Tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

Four teams remain and by the end of the night only two will be left still fighting for a national championship.

The NCAA Tournament semifinals get underway tonight at Loyola’s Gentile Arena as Stanford and BYU play each other in a rematch of the MPSF Tournament championship match. In addition, two traditional conference powerhouses Penn State and Loyola will meet in the other semifinal match.

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Video: Penn State news conference from NCAA Tournament media day

Coach Mark Pavlik and his Penn State players are enjoying that they’ll be playing in a sold-out arena — even if it’s in front of a hostile crowd.

Pavlik said during a news conference Wednesday that the team has embraced the challenge of trying to upset the No. 1 seed Loyola on its home court in the upcoming NCAA Tournament semifinals. Continue reading

Russanity powers Penn State through Lewis, into NCAA semifinals

Aaron Russell backed-up his coach calling him a top-three outside attacker in the nation and got Penn State back into the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

Russell had a match-high 20 kills as the No. 5 seed Penn State defeated the No. 4 seed Lewis 27-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19 in the NCAA Tournament play-in match on Tuesday in Chicago.
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NCAA Tournament play-in matches to follow tonight

The long awaited expansion to the NCAA Tournament will finally be experienced tonight.

The inaugural NCAA Tournament play-in matches will begin with the No. 3 seed Stanford and its lengthy history of NCAA Tournament success playing the No. 6 seed Erskine in its first NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, after Lewis getting a controversial at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament it will play Penn State in the other play-in match.

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