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Men's Volleyball Falls To #8 Ohio State, 3-1, In Morgan Classic Finale

Penn State vs. Stanford Boxscore

Ohio State vs. SC Boxscore

Day One Results

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – February 11, 2006 – Dan O’Dell of Penn State was named Most Outstanding Player in leading his Nittany Lion teammates to a 3-0 victory over Stanford tonight in second-round action of the 2006 Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic at Springfield College’s Blake Arena. Game scores were 30-22, 30-26, 30-25.

Penn State, ranked #11 nationally, was the only one of the four teams present to finish 2-0 in the classic.

In other second-round action, host Springfield put up a valiant effort for the second straight night, but lost to #8-ranked Ohio State, 40-42, 30-21, 30-27, 30-25.

Penn State’s O’Dell is a 6-7 senior setter from Rochester, N.Y. and McQuaid Jesuit High School. He finished with 45 set assists in 77 total attempts. He also had 3 kills in 5 hitting attempts. Last night, in Penn State’s 3-1 victory over Ohio State, O’Dell had 50 set assists.

Also on the all-tournament team were 6-9 senior middle hitter Nate Meerstein (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair HS) from Penn State, 6-5 junior middle hitter Brett Versen (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville HS) from Ohio State, 6-0 sophomore libero Conor Martin (Avon Lake, Ohio/St. Edward HS) from Ohio State, 6-6 freshman outside hitter Ryan Fredrickson (Manahawkin, N.J.) from Springfield, 6-0 sophomore outside Eric Palumbo (Rochester, N.Y.) from Springfield, and 6-4 senior opposite Ben Reddy (Waukesha, Wisc./Waukesha South HS) from Stanford.

Other award winners included Springfield’s Palumbo in the Spiking Contest, and Stanford 6-6 senior outside hitter Nick Manov (Santa Cruz, Calif./Mt. Madonna HS) in the Serving Contest.

In addition, Springfield’s 6-1 sophomore outside hitter Javier Rosario (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was named winner of the Sportsmanship Award.

In the opening match, Penn State was pretty much in control in games 1 and 3. The Cardinal led through much of game 2, but Penn State took the lead at 24-23 and was never headed after that. Meerstein finished with an outstanding .833 hitting percentage (10 kills in 12 attempts). Freshman middle hitter Matt Anderson (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca HS) had a very fine .429 hitting percentage with 7 kills for the Nittany Lions.

Stanford was led by Reddy, who garnered a match-high 18 kills.

In the second match of the evening, underdog Springfield actually won game #1 by a score of 42-40 as each team had countless game points. But Ohio State righted the ship to win the final three games, 30-21, 30-27, 30-25. The Buckeyes were led by 6-3 senior outside hitter Sam Stevens (Miami, Fla./Westminster Christian) with 14 kills and a .370 hitting percentage, and 6-3 sophomore outside hitter Robbie Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller HS) with 12 kills and a .478 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Daniel Mathews (Shorewood, Wisc./Shorewood HS) had 53 set assists.

For Springfield, Fredrickson had 16 kills. He was topped by Palumbo with 20 kills and a .371 hitting percentage. Rosario and 6-4 sophomore opposite David Smietana (Buffalo, N.Y.) had 11 kills each. Smietana hit .300. Sophomore setter Chris Shekell (Rochester, N.Y.) had 51 set assists.
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