Men’s Volleyball Team Stuns No. 12 Penn State

Posted: April 17, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Junior Chris Barnes recorded a match-high nine blocks to lead the George Mason men’s volleyball team to their biggest win of the season, defeating Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) rival Penn State University, 3-1 (18-30, 30-26, 30-28, 30-26), on Senior Night in the Uvaldo Acosta Memorial Scholarship Match in the Patriot Center.

The Patriot victory over the 12th-ranked Nittany Lions marks the first win for the George Mason men’s volleyball team over a nationally-ranked opponent since sweeping 12th-ranked UC Irvine, 15-9, 15-9, 16-14, six years ago on March 15, 1995. Additionally this is just the 12th time the Patriots have beaten the Nittany Lions in 79 tries. Before this game, the last time George Mason defeated Penn State was on Jan. 25, 1992, also by a 3-1 score (15-8, 16-14, 12-15, 15-10).

With the win, in their final regular season match, the Patriots improve to 19-6 overall and 11-3 in the EIVA Tait Division.

Four Patriots posted 12 kills apiece in the balanced offensive attack. Barnes, who ranks second in the nation in hitting percentage and sixth in blocking average, recorded 12 kills on .478 hitting, while adding two block solos and seven assisted blocks.

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