The Penn State men’s volleyball team didn’t sweep either of its matches this past weekend, so it swept the weekly player of the week awards instead.
Freshman Aaron Russell and redshirt freshman Connor Curry were named EIVA Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week respectively Monday.
It was the first career award for Russell who continued his stellar freshman season with big games this past weekend against Princeton and George Mason.
Russell tallied 14 kills on 18 swings and hit .722 against the Tigers. He had another strong game against George Mason, recording 12 kills on .647 hitting.
Meanwhile, Curry continues to dominate the defensive player of the week award. It’s the fourth time Curry has achieved the honor this season and the second consecutive week he has won.
Curry had a season-high 21 digs against Princeton and finished with 11 against George Mason. For the weekend, Curry averaged 3.56 digs per set.
Penn State defeated Princeton in five sets (23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 37-35,15-12) and defeated George Mason in four (21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20).
The weekend victories allowed the Nittany Lions to move up in the rankings. The Lions moved up one spot to No. 7 in the AVCA Men's coaches' poll, after staying at No.8 for the past three weeks.