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Arentz, Rivera-Berrios Sweep NEAC Men's Volleyball Weekly Awards

Arentz, Rivera-Berrios Sweep NEAC Men's Volleyball Weekly Awards

JAN. 31 NEAC STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK RELEASE

1/31/2017 — GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections on Tuesday afternoon, and the men's volleyball portion of the awards were swept by a pair of Penn State Altoona student-athletes.

Lions freshman outside hitter/opposite hitter Brandon Arentz (Mount Wolf, PA/Northeastern) was named the NEAC Player of the Week in men's volleyball, while sophomore libero Waldemar Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, P.R./Samuel Clemens) was picked the conference's Defensive Player of the Week.

Arentz and Rivera-Berrios each had a big day in Saturday's come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Penn State Behrend, when the Lions overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat their Penn State counterparts in five sets.

Arentz led Penn State Altoona in kills and blocks in Saturday's match, finishing with 14 kills and five total blocks (one solo block, four block assists). He swung at a .323 clip while adding eight digs and two service aces.

Rivera-Berrios led all players in the match with 12 digs, averaging 2.40 digs per set while chipping in six set assists.

This is the first career NEAC weekly award for either player.

Penn State Altoona men's volleyball is 3-1 overall and opens NEAC play this Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The Lions face SUNY Polytechnic at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening before Saturday's matches against Keuka College at 11:00 a.m. and Wells College at 3:00 p.m.


Photo: Freshman outside hitter Brandon Arentz (left) and sophomore libero Waldemar Rivera-Berrios were named the NEAC's Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

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