Match-point video: Penn State beats USC in five games for fourth straight victory

The final block of middle attacker Jason Donorovich’s match-high nine block performance officially put an end to the upset scare for No. 10/9 Penn State.

Donorovich and outside attacker Henrik Falck Lauten closed out the match with back-to-back blocks as Penn State defeated USC 23-25, 29-27, 27-29, 25-23, 15-12 on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania at the Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge. Continue reading “Match-point video: Penn State beats USC in five games for fourth straight victory”

Match-point video: Penn State beats UCLA for first time since 2008

A season-best offensive performance culminated with No. 10/9 Penn State earning its first win against No. 6/6 UCLA in 12 years.

Setter Cole Bogner had 38 assists and guided the Nittany Lions to a .500 attack percentage as they swept the Bruins 25-22, 29-27, 26-24 on Friday in University Park, Pennsylvania, at the Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge. Continue reading “Match-point video: Penn State beats UCLA for first time since 2008”

Audio: Pavlik reacts to No. 14 Penn State rallying to beat No. 5/5 Lewis

All it took was a massive comeback for No. 14 Penn State to earn its first road victory against a top-five national ranked team in 10 years.

Penn State rallied from a two-game deficit and losing a 26-point overtime in the second game to beat No. 5/5 Lewis 22-25, 36-38, 25-14, 25-20, 15-12 on Saturday in Romeoville, Illinois. Continue reading “Audio: Pavlik reacts to No. 14 Penn State rallying to beat No. 5/5 Lewis”

Audio: Penn State coach Pavlik previews EIVA Tournament finals

Despite all the injuries and having a starting lineup primarily of underclassmen, Penn State is one win away from a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State will play the conference’s regular season champions Princeton in the EIVA Tournament finals at 7 p.m. in Princeton, New Jersey. Check out Off the Block’s prematch interview with coach Mark Pavlik. Continue reading “Audio: Penn State coach Pavlik previews EIVA Tournament finals”

EIVA Tournament: Possible seeding scenarios, postseason berths

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Two weeks remain in the EIVA regular season, and the seeding scenarios are still wide open for the EIVA Tournament.

The EIVA Tournament is the toughest conference tournament to make in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball. Unlike other conferences where all or the overwhelming majority of teams make the postseason, only the top four teams in the EIVA make its tournament.

The EIVA regular season championship also gets to serve as the host site for the entire conference tournament — both the semifinals and finals.

Check out the current standings and the possible seeding scenarios for the EIVA teams remaining in postseason contention. Continue reading “EIVA Tournament: Possible seeding scenarios, postseason berths”

Video highlights: USC beats Penn State #CincoSets

No. 11 USC needed five games to pull out a victory in the second match of the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge on Friday.

The Trojans out-hit the Nittany Lions .377 to .256 and were led by opposite Ryan Moss’s season-best 23 kills (on a .513 attack percentage). Penn State was paced by Brett Wildman’s 16 kills from off the bench.

Check out to the highlights of this #CincoSets non-conference match

Continue reading “Video highlights: USC beats Penn State #CincoSets”

Audio: Pavlik optimistic about Penn State’s play entering showdown vs. No. 1/1 Long Beach State

Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes had an opportunity earlier this week to participate in Penn State coach Mark Pavlik’s weekly media availability. Listen the news conference as Pavlik discusses the positive mindset of his team entering its match against No. 1/1 Long Beach State and what makes the 49ers so difficult to stop. Continue reading “Audio: Pavlik optimistic about Penn State’s play entering showdown vs. No. 1/1 Long Beach State”

Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA teams for 2019 season

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block will preview each NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball conference leading up to the 2019 season opener on Dec. 30. This conference previews examines every team in the EIVA.]

Forget about top-15 preseason nationally coaches poll that for the first time in recent history did not include an EIVA team.

The EIVA could have several team posed for big breakout seasons. Continue reading “Quick-hits: What to know about EIVA teams for 2019 season”