NEWARK, N.J. – Rutgers-Newark freshman outside hitter Colin Ferguson tallied nine kills and a solo block, but league-leading Penn State hit .405 on its way to a 3-0 EIVA win over Rutgers-Newark in The Golden Dome.
The Scarlet Raiders (2-7, EIVA 0-5) got eight kills, an ace and an assisted block for 9.5 points from freshman right side Christopher Kopacz but no other Rutgers-Newark player registered more than three points against the perennial conference champions.
The No. 9 nationally-ranked Nittany Lions (13-3, EIVA 7-1) got a match-high 11 points on nine kills, an ace and two assisted blocks from sophomore outside hitter Nick Goodall while freshman middle hitter Matt Seifert hammered down eight kills on a dozen swings without an error.
Goodall and sophomore middle hitter Aaron Russell notched four kills apiece as the Nittany Lions pulled away from a 6-6 tie to hit a sizzling .429 (14-2-28) in the opening frame. Kopacz had three kills but the Raiders posted just eight kills with eight errors.
Kopacz fueled the Raider attack with four kills on five swings without an error in the second set and added an ace, but PSU stepped up their attack a notch to hit a torrid .462 (16-4-26) and take control of the match.
The Nittany Lions led wire-to-wire in the final game with junior outside hitter Scott Kegerreis getting four kills and Seifert adding three kills on as many swings. Ferguson collected five kills with just one error in 10 attacks in the final frame.
Penn State posted its fourth straight EIVA win since a surprising 3-0 loss at Harvard on February 15 while Rutgers-Newark fell for the sixth straight time.
The Nittany Lions travel two city blocks west to face NJIT at 8 p.m. on Saturday while Rutgers-Newark will host Saint Francis at 2 p.m.
Story courtesy of Rutgers-Newark