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Men’s Volleyball Club Surges Back to Win Five-Team Tournament

The Penn College men’s club volleyball team had an outstanding  day at a tournament this past weekend at Lock Haven University. The team needed all 13 players to go 7-1 in pool play: winning two games against adult teams, Scared Hitless and BUTCH; two more against Scranton University; and splitting the final two games against the host. “The team played really well during pool play” coach Cody Goss said. “We had a little letdown in the last match against Lock Haven, but the guys really stepped up in the second game, winning handily.” A 7-1 record in pool play earned the team an automatic spot in the championship match, awaiting the winner between Lock Haven and BUTCH, with host Lock Haven coming up short, 18-25. In the championship match,  Penn College started strong out of the gate, controlling the first game from beginning to end to win, 25-22. Game two started out with both teams trading points until the score was knotted at 8-8, when a strong run by BUTCH gave them control to ultimately win, 25-20. The third game didn’t start too well for the Wildcats, who fell into a 2-8 deficit at the side switch, but the Wildcats stormed back behind outstanding blocking and defense. Despite the comeback, Penn College still faced match point at 13-14 – and again at 14-15 – before taking three straight points in exciting fashion  to win 17-15. “I was really proud of everyone’s effort today,” Goss said. “The championship match was a lot of fun to watch. That was a tough team to dig out of a 2-8 hole, but the guys showed a ton of heart fighting back and coming out on top.”

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