In a game with York County flavor, the Penn State men's volleyball team shocked No. 1 Ohio State on Tuesday night at Rec Hall.
The No. 13 Lions prevailed in a five-set thriller, 25-21, 14-25, 25-15, 22-25, 15-12, giving the Nittany Lions a big jolt of confidence heading into the final weeks of the season. Penn State (14-9) had lost three of its past four entering its final non-conference match on the schedule
Central York High School graduate Royce Clemens, a 6-foot, 1-inch, redshirt sophomore libero, collected eight digs for PSU. Clemens is ranked No. 19 in all of NCAA Division I in digs per set at 2.27.
Another former York County standount, Northeastern graduate Luke Braswell, is normally the assist leader for PSU from his setter position. The 6-4 redshirt freshman, however, missed Tuesday's game because he is going through concussion protocol, according to PSU spokesman Jeff Smith. Braswell is ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division I in assists per set at 10.41.
Another Northeastern grad, freshman Reese Devilbill, played for Ohio State, registering three kills. Devilbiss is a 6-2 outside hitter.
The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 23-2. It was just the Buckeyes’ second loss in the last 48 matches, dating back to early February of last season, and Penn State’s first win over their Big Ten rival since March 21, 2015, ending a three-game skid against the Buckeyes.
“We felt there was really nothing to lose,” Penn State coach Mark Pavlik said. “Everybody that looked at this matchup tonight outside of the guys in that locker room, said, ‘Well, Ohio State should take care of business.’”
Ohio State had won the national championship at Rec Hall last season, as well as the 2011 title in the building, but didn’t have the same magic Tuesday.