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Lions Grind Out 3-2 Win Over Wells

Lions Grind Out 3-2 Win Over Wells

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3/18/2017 — CRESSON, Pa. - In the opening match of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Crossover Weekend at Mount Aloysius College's Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon, Penn State Altoona battled to pull out a 3-2 win over Wells College.

The Lions (14-4, 8-1 NEAC) won the first set 25-21 before falling 25-21 in the next two sets to Wells (10-10-, 6-3 NEAC). But Penn State Altoona won the fourth set 25-18, then took the fifth by a score of 15-13.

Bradley Colditz (Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair) led all players in kills with a season-high 21, and he added nine digs. Jacob Byers (Level Green, PA/Penn Trafford) tied his season-high kills total with 19.

Daniel Downs (Reading, PA/Daniel Boone) recorded 12 kills and led the Lions in blocks with five total, accumulating three solo blocks and two block assists. Brandon Arentz (Mount Wolf, PA/Northeastern) had three solo blocks and one block assist to go along with 13 digs and seven kills. Ryan Dry (Douglassville, PA/Daniel Boone) added two solo blocks and one block assist, as well as five kills.

Tommy Kisick (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) put up a season-best 47 set assists. His total of 47 assists is the second-most in a match in Penn State Altoona men's volleyball history, and it is the most in a five-set match in team history.

Waldemar Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Samuel Clemens) led the Lions in digs with 23.

In the first set, Penn State Altoona and Wells found themselves tied at 13-13. But four straight points by the Lions, including two Byers kills, gave Penn State Altoona a 17-13 lead. Later, kills from Colditz and Dry put the Lions in position to close out the set, and Byers' kill capped it off to give his team a four-point victory in the opening game.

After the Express won the second and third sets, Penn State Altoona bounced back to stay alive with a win in the fourth. After jumping out to a 10-4 lead, the Lions kept the momentum going. Kills from Colditz and Downs, coupled with a Wells attack error, kept Penn State Altoona ahead 20-14 later in the set. The Lions got three more kills from Colditz in the set, and a Wells error ended the game in favor of Penn State Altoona.

In the fifth, the Lions trailed 5-4 early but reeled off three straight points to jump ahead 7-5. Two kills by Colditz late in the set put Penn State Altoona up 13-10, and kills from Arentz and Byers accounted for the Lions' final two points.

Penn State Altoona men's volleyball returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, March 19 to face two more opponents in this weekend's NEAC Crossover matches. The Lions take on SUNY Polytechnic Institute at 11:00 a.m., then they finish their weekend versus Keuka College at 3:00 p.m.


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