Penn State exacts its revenge, sweeps Princeton to win EIVA championship

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There was no doubt about it – the Nittany Lions got their revenge.

Penn State one year after suffering a season-ending upset Princeton in the EIVA Tournament completed its undefeated conference season as it swept Princeton 25-14, 25-18, 25-22 in the EIVA Tournament finals on Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania.

The Nittany Lions did not commit an attack error until the second game and for the match out-hit the Tigers .324 to .054. In addition, Penn State had a match-best .667 attack percentage in its 11-point opening-game win en route to securing its 33rd EIVA championship in program history.

All-EIVA opposite Cal Fisher led all players with 12 kills, including having a game-high five kills in the first game. Wildman also had eight kills with five of those kills coming in the final game to help complete the sweep.


Along with the offensive performance, Fisher had a team-high two aces and three blocks.

Princeton in the loss failed to hit more than .100 in any of three matches and did not have a player with double-digit kills.

Brady Wedbush had a team-high seven kills, while Ben Harrington was held to five kills and a negative-.091 attack percentage. Harrington entered the postseason is in the conference’s top five with both a 3.58 kills per game average and a .302 attack percentage

Penn State won the finals without middle attacker Toby Ezeonu. Ezeonu, who is second in the nation with a .497 attack percentage, suffered a a lower-body injury in Penn State’s win against George Mason in the EIVA Tournament semifinals.

The Nittany Lions with this victory will in the EIVA’s automatic bid to the seven-team NCAA Tournament.

Penn State is projected to be one of the top-three seeds for the NCAA Tournament, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology.