The Penn State men’s volleyball team made the trek out to Irvine, Calif., during the second week in April to try their talents against the top-ranked NAIA program Concordia and the then No. 2-ranked UC Irvine. Following a Friday night 3-1 defeat of Concordia, the Nittany Lions found themselves entirely unprepared to take on one of the top DI West Coast teams. In the three-game match (25-20, 25-20, 25-14), UCI out-blocked, out-hit, out-dug, and out-served Penn State, holding the guest team to a hitting percentage of .130. The win was the fourth-consecutive sweep for the defending national champion Anteaters as both teams began to wrap up their regular season matches. Although Penn State is the favorite to attend the final four from the EIVA conference, the three-set defeat doesn’t bode well for their chances against the representatives from the MPSF in the NCAA tournament.
Originally published in June 2013