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Lions Sweep Sunday NEAC Matches

Lions Sweep Sunday NEAC Matches



3/19/2017 — CRESSON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's volleyball picked up two more North Eastern Athletic Conference wins on Sunday at Mount Aloysius College's Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, earning 3-0 sweeps of SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Keuka College in the second and final day of the NEAC Crossover Weekend.

With three wins in three NEAC matches this weekend, Penn State Altoona (16-4, 10-1 NEAC) remains in sole possession of first place in the conference.

In their first match of the day, the Lions defeated SUNY Polytechnic Institute (11-13, 6-4 NEAC) in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-18, 25-18.

Bradley Colditz (Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair) had a match-high 17 kills to go along with four digs and one solo block. Jacob Byers (Level Green, PA/Penn Trafford) added 10 kills. Ryan Dry (Douglassville, PA/Daniel Boone) posted a match-best three solo blocks while recording five kills, and Daniel Downs (Reading, PA/Daniel Boone) also had five kills.

Billy Smith (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) led the Lions in set assists with 22. Tommy Kisick (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) contributed 13 set assists, four digs, and a solo block.

Waldemar Rivera-Berrios (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Samuel Clemens) had a match-high 21 digs, the most digs in a three-set match in Lions history. Brandon Arentz (Mount Wolf, PA/Northeastern) chipped in 10 digs.

In the Lions' second match of the day, they won 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 over Keuka (7-10, 3-8 NEAC).

Byers and Colditz tied for the team-high in kills for Penn State Altoona, racking up 12 kills apiece. Colditz also added eight digs and one solo block.

Downs finished with seven kills and a solo block, while Arentz and Dry had five kills each. Arentz added a match-high three solo blocks to go along with six digs.

Smith and Kisick tied for the team-high in set assists with 18 each. Smith also had seven digs, while Kisick contributed five digs and a solo block.

Rivera-Berrios led all players with 19 digs. Brian Sheddy (Shrewsbury, PA/Susquehannock) had seven digs.

Lions volleyball returns for more NEAC action next Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at Hilbert College. The squad faces Hilbert on Friday at 4:00 p.m., then on Saturday, they play Medaille College at 11:00 a.m. and D'Youville College at 5:00 p.m.

Photo (by Tiffany Earnest): Penn State Altoona senior outside hitter Jacob Byers goes up for a swing during this weekend's NEAC Crossover matches at Mount Aloysius College.

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