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Men's Volleyball Voted Second in NEAC Preseason Poll

Men's Volleyball Voted Second in NEAC Preseason Poll


1/12/2017 — GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Penn State Altoona men's volleyball was picked to finish second out of nine teams in the North Eastern Athletic Conference this season, when the 2017 edition of the conference's preseason poll was released on Thursday afternoon.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute was voted first in the poll, receiving four first place votes and 58 total points. Penn State Altoona received two first place votes and ranked second on the list with 54 points. Medaille College held down third place with three first place votes and 51 points.

Penn State Altoona exceeded expectations around the NEAC last season, finishing third in the conference after being voted into fifth place in last year's preseason poll. The Lions compiled their first winning season last spring since becoming a varsity sport at Penn State Altoona in 2013, going 17-11 overall and 12-4 in the NEAC.

Heading into the 2017 season, there is much cause for optimism surrounding the team. Head coach Phil Peterman, who is entering his fifth year at the helm of the varsity program, will enjoy a strong core of returning players to go along with some talented transfers and freshmen. Among Penn State Altoona's returning players are five key starters from last year's team: senior outside hitter Jacob Byers (Level Green, PA/Penn Trafford), junior middle hitter Justin Bannister (Willow Hill, PA/Fannett-Metal), sophomore outside hitter Bradley Colditz (Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair), sophomore setter Billy Smith (Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair), and sophomore libero/defensive specialist Waldemar Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, P.R./Samuel Clemens).

Penn State Altoona men's volleyball is slated to open its 2017 season schedule with a two-day competition hosted by Wittenberg University on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21.

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