Northeastern High School graduate Brandon Arentz is in the midst of a standout freshman season with the Penn State Altoona men’s volleyball team.
Arentz helped the Lions clinch the program’s first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title. Altoona posted an 8-0 record in AMCC play this season, a program high, while also setting a team record for wins in a season at 26.
The freshman outside/opposite hitter was recently selected as the AMCC’s Newcomer of the Year. Arentz ranked first in the conference in solo blocks (25), second in digs (229), fourth in digs per set (2.06), fifth in total blocks (64), eighth in kills per set (2.03), block assists (39) and points (281.5) and ninth in blocks per set (0.58) and points per set (2.5).
In addition to being voted the AMCC’s top first-year player, Arentz was a first-team all-conference selection.
In the North Eastern Athletic Conference, the team’s primary men’s volleyball conference, the Lions compiled a program-best 15-1 record. They also captured a conference championship and earned the team’s first NCAA Division III tournament berth.
Saturday, Penn State Altoona’s season continues when the Lions make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament. The No. 9 seed Lions will travel to New York City to take on No. 8 Hunter College at 4 p.m.
The winner travels to Springfield, Massachusets, to take on Springfield College in the next round.
OTHER COLLEGE NOTES
York’s Sentz earns tennis honor: York College freshman men's tennis player Ben Sentz, a South Western High School grad, was recently named the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.
Sentz went 3-0 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles play when the Spartans made a late-season push to qualify for a spot in the CAC semifinals. York lost that semifinal to Mary Washington, 5-0. Sentz is 7-7 on the season at No. 2 singles.
York softball team still alive: The York softball team is still alive after the first day of the double-elimination CAC Tournament in Newport News, Virginia.
The Spartans lost their first game, 4-0 to Mary Washington, before bouncing back for an 8-7 win over Salisbury. York will face Mary Washington again in an elimination game at noon Friday.
Carleigh Ruleman had a monster game vs. Salisbury, with two hits, including a homer, and five RBIs. York had just three hits in the opener. Melissa Jurkiewicz pitched eight total innings on the day for York and gave up two runs.
Spartans eliminated in CAC baseball playoffs: York College had a short stay in the Capital Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.
The Spartans suffered a 15-1 loss to No. 1 seed Salisbury on the Sea Gulls' home field on Thursday. It was York's second loss in the double-elimination tournament. York fell to 15-17, while Salisbury improved to 28-8.
The Spartans had just five hits, including a double by Christian Bilan. York still has nine non-league games left in the season.
Newton earns CAC golf honor for York: York sophomore Tyler Newton finished seventh overall at the Capital Athletic Conference championships with a three-day, 16-over-par total of 232.
The finish earned Newton second-team all-conference honors. It is the second straight all-conference nod for Newton, who was a first-team selection last spring.
CAC names Ligney commissioner: The CAC Board of Directors has announced Jeff Ligney as its new commissioner this week.
The move follows the departure of Tom Byrnes, who stepped after down after nine years in January. Ligney will begin his term as commissioner on July 1. Ligney most recently served as interim commissioner for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Bay City Michigan. Prior to that role, he served the GLIAC in various capacities including director of media relations, associate commissioner for external relations and associate commissioner for internal relations.