The Penn State men’s volleyball team defeated Rutgers-Newark on Saturday night 3-0 (25-9 25-20, 25-23) to move to 16-3 on the season and 9-0 in EIVA play.
The No. 8 Nittany Lions were led offensively by redshirt senior Joe Sunder and junior Nick Turko. Sunder had 11 kills and 2 errors on 19 attempts to hit .474 for the match. Turko had 7 kills on .750 hitting to go along with 4 service aces.
Junior middle hitter Ian Hendries started in place of freshman Aaron Russell at middle hitter and he finished with 3 kills 2 assists 1 block and 1 block assist.
Russell was given the night off by head coach Mark Pavlik.
The Lions were more efficient offensively against Rutgers-Newark compared to Friday night against NJIT. They drastically reduced the amount of attacking errors, finishing with 9 compared to 20 on Friday.
They also hit .397 for the match to go along with 7 service aces and 9.5 blocks.
The 16-point margin of victory in the first set was the second biggest for the team this season. Its largest margin came against Mount Olive on Feb. 3 when the Lions finished with a 25-6 second set victory.
Penn State is back in action next weekend when it travels to Princeton and George Mason.