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Volleyball 

Mens+ Womens

  • Tom Tait Coached both Men and Women’s Volleyballo  Tait coached women’s 1976-1978 (replaced by Russ Rose)

         o  Tait coached men’s for a decade between 1977 and 1988 (Replaced by Tom Peterson

  •  In 1976, Men’s first season as a varsity sport, Tom Hahn and John Phillips earned first-team All-American honors
  • Tom Peterson Head Coach (1989-1995)

         o  Coached All American Players Chris Chase, Javier Gaspar and Ramon Hernandezo  Led Penn State Men’s

             volleyball to its first NCAA Championship in 1994

  •  Chris Chaseo  All-American hittero  Led Penn State to a decisive victory over powerful UCLA in 1986
  •  Javier Gasparo  All-American Settero  Played on 1989 US National Team
  •  Penn State won five Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference titles in 1994-97 and 1999

          o  Penn State remains the only team in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association to go on to win the

          NCAA National Championship (1994 & 2008)

  •  1994 Championshipo  First school outside of California to win a men’s national championshipo  Down 11-4

         in game four against UCLA the lions went on a 11-1 run to force the deciding fifth game. The lions broke a 12-12

         tie with three straight points to take the title.o  Nittany Lion Ramon Hernandez was Tournament MVP with 38 kills

         and 10 digs

  •  Ramon Hernandezo  All-Americano  1,693 career kills, 497 blocks, and 820 digs
  •  Mark Pavlik assumed the head coaching position in 1995o  First 6 teams won five Eastern Intercollegiate

         Volleyball Association Championships and made five appearances in the NCAA post-season tournamento  Built on

         Tait’s solid foundation

  •  Ivan Contreras awarded 1997 American Collegiate Volleyball Association Playero  First non-Californian to receive

         the awardo  Set a Penn State mark with 2,089 career killsWomens

  •  1999 NCAA Championship

          o  After finishing second in back-to-back fifth game losses in both 1997 and 1998, Coach Rose’s team swept Stanford

              in 1999 to claim the championship

  •  Lauren Cacciamani

         o  Awarded 1999 Honda Player of the Year Award

  •  Award given to the nation’s top collegiate female volleyball player

         o  Cacciamani set school records for career hitting percentage (.391) and total blocks (767)

         o  1999 Tournament MVP: 20 kills and 8 blocks

         o  NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player 1998 (co.) and 1999

  •  Big Ten Championships

         o  1992 (tie) ’93, ’96 (tie), ’97 (tie), ’98, ’99, and 2003-2008

  •  Rose Parade--Coach Russ Rose Statistics

         o  From 1979-2005 the Lion Women made 5 trips to the final four. In that time Rose’s team won at least 26 matches

             in every season. In 1998 he led the team to a perfect season in which only two of the 30 matches went beyond three games.

         o  Rose has guided his teams to a 923-159 record, giving him an NCAA-best career winning percentage of .853.

         o  His teams have won 25 conference championships -- 11 Big Ten and eight Atlantic 10

         o  Three NCAA National Championships- 1999, 2007, 2008

  •  Finishing second 3 times

          o  In 2007 Rose was inducted into AVCA Hall of Fame

  •  Coach Tome Tait teams won five ECVL/EIVA titles in the 1980’s and reached 5 NCAA Final fours

          o  He is recognized as the founding father of both the Penn State men’s and women’s volleyball programs. He brought

             “power” volleyball to Penn State in 1976 as the lions rose form eastern obscurity to challenge for the NCAA title.

              From 1976-1988 Tait’s teams when 357-93-9 and won 5 eastern championships, Tait took three teams to the NCAA Final Four.

  •  2007 Women’s Volley ball team finished the season 34-2 winning its 5th consecutive Big Ten Title and capturing

         the programs second of 3 titles

         o  Megan Hodge was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and was also a Honda Award Finalist

  •  All-Americans Michelle Jaworski (‘87-’90) set a school record with 6,596 career assists
  •  Ellen Crandall was a Broderick Award Nominee in 1982

         o  The Honda-Broderick Cup is a sports award for college-level female athletes. The awards are voted on by a national

             panel of women's collegiate athletic directors. To be nominated, you must have won the Honda Award for your sport.

             Winners are chosen in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports; three additional athletes are recognized as the Inspiration

             Award winners and Division II and III Athletes of the Year. All of these women are selected not only for their superior

             athletic skills, but also for their leadership abilities, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community

             service. Votes will be tabulated from over 900 NCAA-member schools, and the one athlete who is chosen as the outstanding

             Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will take home the coveted Honda-Broderick Cup. Other Lady Lion Volleyball players with 

             Broderick Nominations include Lauren Cacciamani

Volleyball: The Game

  •  Playbook

         o  Volleyball is about being in the right place at the right time, each play demands close coordination.

         o  Both lines have the responsibility of backing up each other in anticipation of where their shots might land

  •  Reading the Defense

         o  Blockers and diggers must read the eyes and body language of opposing setters

         o  Back-line players stay low in order to dig out shots

         o  If the first contact was a block, a player may hit the ball twice in a row

  •  Calling the Shots

         o  Setters call the play and distribute the ball to hitters

         o  Four or five hitters will prepare to attack giving the setter multiple choices and preventing the defense from keying

            any one player

         o  Setters may also spike the ball themselves

  •  East Beats West

         o  Penn State in 1994 became the first school outside California to win a men’s national championship

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