After suffering its first loss of the season last Saturday against No.7 Lewis, the No. 8 Penn State men’s volleyball team returned to Columbus for the second time in three weeks to play in the Ken & Dave Dunlap Invitational hosted by Ohio State.
And just like two weeks ago, the team left St. John Arena victorious. The Nittany Lions defeated fourth-ranked Stanford in four sets (26-24, 16-25, 25-17, 25-17) to move to 3-1 on the season.
The Lions were led offensively by their two redshirt senior captains Joe Sunder and Edgardo Goas.
Sunder led the way for the Nittany Lions with 17 kills on .640 hitting while Goas notched a new season high in assists with 49 to go along with six digs and one block.
The Lions struggled in the second set, hitting only .222, but came out strong after halftime hitting .433 in the third set and .500 in the fourth set.
As it has been a common theme early in the season, the Lions benefitted from strong play off the bench.
Redshirt freshman outsider hitter Nick Goodell came off the bench to deliver 10 kills on .333 hitting while sophomore outside hitter Peter Russell finished with eight kills on an impressive .462 hitting.
The Lions were also able to reduce self-inflicted mistakes registering 15 errors, a season low, as well as posting a season-high hitting percentage of .361.
The Lions continue play in the invitational tomorrow with a 5 p.m. match against No.12 Pacific.