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Lions Volleyball Defeats Keuka, Wells for First NEAC Wins of 2017

Lions Volleyball Defeats Keuka, Wells for First NEAC Wins of 2017



2/4/2017 — MARCY, N.Y. - Penn State Altoona men's volleyball wrapped up its first North Eastern Athletic Conference crossover weekend of the season on Saturday with two wins, as the Lions defeated Keuka College 3-0 and Wells College 3-1 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Wildcat Field House.

In its first match of the day, Penn State Altoona (5-2, 2-1 NEAC) bounced back from last night's tough loss to SUNY Polytechnic and swept Keuka (2-1, 1-1 NEAC) in straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-11, and 25-22.

Brandon Arentz (Mount Wolf, PA/Northeastern) led the Lions in kills with nine, and he also had seven digs and two service aces. Jacob Byers (Level Green, PA/Penn Trafford) had eight kills and five digs. Bradley Colditz (Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair) recorded six kills.

Justin Bannister (Willow Hill, PA/Fannett-Metal) had a match-high five total blocks (three solo blocks, two block assists) to go along with seven digs and six kills. Daniel Downs (Reading, PA/Daniel Boone) had three total blocks (one solo block, two block assists) with five kills and four digs.

Billy Smith (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) led the team with 14 set assists and also finished with five digs, and Tommy Kisick (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) posted 13 set assists.

Waldemar Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, P.R./Samuel Clemens) had a match-high 12 digs.

In the Lions' second and final match of the day, the team prevailed in four sets over Wells (2-7, 1-2 NEAC) by scores of 25-20, 25-15, 26-28, and 25-23.

Brian Sheddy (Shrewsbury, PA/Susquehannock) led Penn State Altoona with a career-high 16 kills. Colditz was second on the team in the match with 15 kills while adding two block assists. Arentz finished with 13 kills, 13 digs, and four total blocks (one solo block, three block assists), and Bannister had 11 kills, six digs, two aces, and three block assists.

Downs led all players in the match in blocks with five total (two solo blocks, three block assists), and he also had eight kills.

Kisick put up a team-high 27 assists to go along with five digs, and Smith had 22 assists and 10 digs.

Rivera-Berrios set a new career-high in digs with 25. His total of 25 digs is the third-most in a match in Penn State Altoona men's volleyball history, and it is also the most digs recorded by a player in a four-set match in program history.

Next up, the Lions return to non-conference play when they take part in the Elmira College Invitational on Saturday, February 11. That day, Penn State Altoona plays Lasell College at 2:00 p.m. before taking on Southern Vermont College at 4:00 p.m.

Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore libero Waldemar Rivera-Berrios had 37 digs in two matches on Saturday to help the Lions go 2-0 in NEAC play. That total included a career-high 25 digs against Wells College.

TAGS: men's volleyball