Monday, 4 March 2024

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball: Penn State’s Kerr goes off; Mason, BYU, USC, GCU win

Penn State's John Kerr attacks against Lewis in their NCAA men's volleyball match in State College, Pennsylvania on January 6, 2024

Penn State’s John Kerr attacks against Lewis in their NCAA men’s volleyball match/Leighton Smithwick photo

John Kerr, a graduate-student who had 179 total kills in his first four seasons, went off for 31 as Penn State beat visiting Lewis in five sets Saturday. 

Also in NCAA men’s volleyball as the first week of the Division I-II season wound down, George Mason broke through after two losses in California by beating CSUN in four. BYU swept Ball State again and other winners were USC, Purdue Fort Wayne, UC San Diego and Grand Canyon.

There are three matches each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Loyola Chicago, coming off its two-match split at Hawai’i, heads home but stops at Stanford for matches Sunday and Monday. Ohio State is home for Daemen and Harvard goes to Merrimack.

Also Monday, Princeton plays Queens and Ohio State entertains Saint Francis (PA).

Tuesday, George Mason continues its stay on the West Coast when it plays at UC Irvine. Princeton is back at Queens and Thomas More is at Lincoln Memorial.

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Saturday’s recaps

Penn State (2-0) of the EIVA battled to a 25-18, 22-25, 29-27, 29-31, 15-13 victory over visiting Lewis (1-1) of the MIVA as John Kerr went off. 

Kerr, a 6-foot-6 right side from Derry, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles from Penn State, not only had a career-high 31 kills with six errors in 60 attacks to hit .417, he career bests with nine digs and four aces and added an assist and a block. Kerr had seven kills with one error in 10 swings Friday when the Nittany Lions swept Central State.

Toby Ezeonu had 15 kills, hit .414, and had two assists, six blocks and three digs. Michal Kowel had 11 kills, an assist, seven digs and three blocks, two solo. Michael Schwob had 59 assists, three blocks and six digs. His team hit .343. Penn State had five aces and 27 serving errors. Lewis, which hit .279 and had three aces and 22 errors, got kills from nine players. Max Roquet led with 14 and added an assist, four digs and six blocks, three solo. He had no aces and seven errors. Christian Prayer had 11 kills, an assist, three blocks and seven digs, and Daniel Haber had 10 kills, hit .333, and had two assists, an ace, three digs and three blocks, two solo … 

George Mason (1-2) beat CSUN (1-2) of the Big West as Jack Bolz had 15 kills and Liam French 14 in the 24-26, 25-18, 32-30, 25-22 victory at UC Santa…

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