One night after nearly losing its first conference match of the season, the Penn State men’s volleyball team won in more convincing fashion Saturday night.
The No. 8 Nittany Lions defeated George Mason in Fairfax, Va. 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20).
Like Friday against Princeton, the Lions dropped the first set, but they recovered better this game, winning the next three sets rather handily.
A large factor was the outstanding play off the bench of sophomore Jace Olsen. Olsen entered the game in the first set, replacing fellow sophomore Peter Russell.
He finished with 12 kills on .500 hitting for the evening, both season highs.
Freshman Aaron Russell, who had 14 kills against Princeton, finished with 12 on .647 hitting against George Mason.
The Lions had six attacking errors in the first set but settled down to have just eight over the remaining three sets. They hit .176 in the first set but finished the game with a hitting percentage of .376
The Lions will return home for their first match in Rec Hall since March 3, when the face Sacred Heart Friday night.