In a quest to prove themselves against two top-ten teams this weekend, the No. 6 Penn State men’s volleyball team came up short.
After a hard-fought five-set loss to No. 10 Pepperdine on Thursday, the Nittany Lions were swept in a match for the first time this season losing 3-0 (25-19-25-15, 25-20) to No. 4 USC Friday night in Los Angeles.
It was the first time this season that Penn State seemed outclassed on the floor and with the loss, the Lions fell to 13-3 on the season.
The Lions hit a dismal .069 for the match, easily a season low and had 25 errors.
Junior Tom Comfort got the start at opposite for the Lions for the first time since Jan.27 against Stanford. Comfort started strong and finished with a team-leading nine kills despite being replaced midway through the second set by Nick Goodell.
Redshirt senior Joe Sunder struggled mightily in the match. He had just seven kills on just 29 attempts which was good for a hitting percentage of -.102, his first negative hitting percentage of the season.
The Lions lead for almost the entire first set but once USC tied it at 18, with the exception of a brief 1-0 lead in the second set, Penn State did not lead again in the match.
The Lions resume their EIVA schedule with a match at Saint Francis next Saturday night.