Men’s Volleyball Advances to EIVA Semifinals

Posted: April 29, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason dropped the first set, but took the next three over Springfield College on Saturday in Springfield, Mass., to advance to the semifinal round of the EIVA Men’s Volleyball Championship.

The Patriots will take on top-seeded Penn State on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in University Park, Pa.

With the win, fifth-seeded Mason improved to 14-15 on the season. The no. 4 Pride end their season with a 14-10 overall record.

The Patriots’ defensive unit gave the Pride trouble throughout the match. Mason finished with 15.5 team blocks to just seven for Springfield College. Senior Brandon McLaughlin finished with a match-high 11 blocks, including three solo.

Junior Ben Nichols paced the Patriots’ attack with 20 kills on .356 hitting. Sophomore libero Eric Lucas led all players with 18 digs.


EIVA Semifinals (Hosted at Penn State’s Rec Hall)

Thursday, April 30

No. 3 Saint Francis vs. No. 2 Juniata, 4:30 p.m.

No. 5 George Mason at No. 1 Penn State, 7:30 p.m.

EIVA Championship (Hosted at Penn State’s Rec Hall)

Saturday, May 2

No. 3 Saint Francis/No. 2 Juniata vs. No. 5 George Mason/No. 1 Penn State, 7 p.m.

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