With all of the goings on with football spring practice and recruiting, it is easy to overlook the fact that Penn State has two nationally ranked teams playing this spring.
The #7 men’s volleyball team is 18-3 and coming off wins at George Mason and Princeton. The Princeton match was a grueling five-set affair that saw Penn State come back twice and finally prevail, 3-2, over the Tigers. The Lions fell behind 1-0 and then 2-1 before tying the match after a thrilling 37-35 win in the fourth set. Penn State then won the final set, 15-12, to remain undefeated in the EIVA.
Senior Joe Sunder had 25 kills in the match, freshman Aaron Russell had 14, and senior Edgardo Goas handed out 66 assists to carry the Lions.
Penn State’s only losses this season have come to Lewis (3-1) in January and to Pepperdine (3-2) on March 8th and then USC (3-0) on March 9th.
Penn State returns home on Saturday to face Sacred Heart (5-18) at 2 p.m. and then second-place Harvard (16-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The #12 women’s lacrosse team (8-3) hosts defending national champion and #1 Northwestern at 7 p.m. tonight at the Penn State Lacrosse Field. Penn State is 4-14 all time against Northwestern and hasn’t beaten the Wildcats since a 13-10 victory in 2002.
The team is led by Mackenzie Cyr, who has 21 goals and 14 assists, Tatum Coffey with 26 goals and 3 assists, and Molly Fernandez with 21 goals and 4 assists.
After tonight’s game, Penn State will have four games left–at Lehigh, at Ohio State, and home against Johns Hopkins and Princeton–before the American Lacrosse Conference Championships in Gainsville, Fla. beginnng on May 3rd. The NCAA tournament begins on May 12th.
After limping home with a 3-14 record at the start of the season, the Penn State baseball team is beginning to warm up. The Lions are now 10-18 and are looking to extend their three-game winning streak when Canisius (17-14) comes into Medlar Field for a weekend series.
The Lions are scheduled to start junior John Walker, sophomore Joe Kurrasch, and junior Steven Hill against the Griffins, who are 5-1 in the MAAC Conference.
Penn State is led at the plate by Jordan Steranka, who is batting .328 with 3 homers and 16 RBI’s and Joey DeBernardis who has 4 homers, 20 RBI’s and is hitting .282.
Penn State is next at Pittsburgh on Wednesday before hosting Michigan for a big three-game weekend series beginning on April 13th.
The Penn State softball team (8-22) was saddled with a 13-game losing streak when freshman Marissa Diescher took to the mound in the second game of a double header against Pittsburgh. Diescher threw a gem against the Panthers–a two-hit shutout–that allowed Penn State to snap that losing streak with a much-needed 4-0 victory.
Cassidy Bell led off the game with a homer and, staked to an early lead, Diescher was prepared to make it stand. “Usually that’s not a lot to feel comfortable on,” she said, “but after that I knew I had to kind of keep them off the board and I knew we’d come through in the end.”
Penn State is hosting Michigan State this weekend for a three-game series with a double-header beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.