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Penn College Men’s Volleyball Team Third in MACVC

Vol. 8, No. 33 (Through Sunday, March 28)

Penn College Wildcat Tales Club Volleyball The Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s volleyball team extended its perfect season to 15-0 before losing to Harrisburg Area Community College on Saturday and finishing third in the Middle Atlantic Club Volleyball Championships.

In action at Rowan (N.J.) University, the Wildcats edged West Chester, 26-24, 26-24; Lebanon Valley, 25-14, 25-21, and Villanova, 25-15, 25-18, in pool play. They then defeated Penn State Altoona, 25-17, 13-25, 15-12, for the 15th consecutive win of the season before falling to HACC, 25-22, 22-25, 13-15.

“It was a good season. We just fell a hair short,” coach Wes Strayer said. His team’s previous best finish in the MACVC came in 2006, when it was second during a 28-5 campaign. This was the first year since 2007 that it reached the playoffs.

The season continues Thursday for Penn College when it competes in the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Championships in Louisville, Ky. The Wildcats are scheduled to compete in Division I-IAA against club teams from some of the largest colleges and universities in the country, among them Penn State.

SoftballIn their only games of the week, the Wildcats lost to Elmira (N.Y.) College’s varsity squad, 10-2 and 8-3. Amanda Claar (Claysburg) hit a two-run home run in the first game and had a solo homer in the second, while Amanda Baney (Williamsport) had a home run and double in the second game. On Friday, Penn College will host Elmira’s Jayvee team at Elm Park.

ArcheryCompeting outdoors for the first time this season, in the Adam Wheatcroft Memorial at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., Penn College dominated with four team and four individual first-place finishes. In team action, it took trophies in men’s compound (Zachary Plannick of Coraopolis, Danny Wido of Shickshinny and Aaron Lapinski of Bloomsburg), in women’s compound (Lindsey Fackler of Halifax, Julie Cain of Bellefonte and Kjirsten Radencic of Dushore), in men’s recurve (Glen Thomas of Mercer, Tyler Gale of Kennedyville, Md., and Brock Smith of Brookville) and mixed compound (Brad Ferguson of Lewisburg and Radencic). Individual winners were Plannick in men’s compound, Thomas in men’s recurve, Fackler in women’s compound and Kyle Bennett of Bellefonte in bowhunter.

“I felt so bad when they were giving the awards out, we could have just grabbed the box and left,” coach Chad Karstetter said, tongue in cheek. “We really shot well. (Shooting outdoors) strengthened our team a little bit. We’re on the verge of being ready for nationals.”

Recent Results/Upcoming Games Baseball Overall record: 2-3 PSUAC record: 0-0 Thursday, April 1 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre (2), 2 p.m. Friday, April 2 host Penn State Fayette at Bowman Field (2), 2 p.m.

Softball Overall record: 1-3 PSUAC record: 0-0 Saturday, March 27 – at Elmira (N.Y.) College, L. 10-2; L, 8-3 Friday, April 2 host Elmira (N.Y.) College Jayvees at Elm Park (2), 2 p.m.

Archery Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28 – at Adam Wheatcroft Memorial, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., took four team and four individual first-place finishes. Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18 UConn Fun Shoot at University of Connecticut

Men’s Club Volleyball Overall record: 15-1 Saturday, March 20 MACVC Championships at Rowan (N.J.) University vs. West Chester, W, 26-24, 26-24; vs. Lebanon Valley, W, 25-14, 25-21; vs. Villanova, W, 25-15, 25-18; vs. PSU Altoona, W, 25-17, 13-25, 15-12; vs. Harrisburg Area Community College, L, 25-22, 22-25, 13-15. Thursday-Saturday, April 1-3 at National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Championships in Louisville, Ky.

(Complete rosters and season schedules are available on the college’s Athletics Web site. For more information on the PSUAC, visit on the Web; more about the USCAA also is available online.)