Penn State’s last home game of the regular season has added meaning.
It was a special weekend for the Nittany Lions, but not only because they swept Sacred Hearts in successive matches or that they won in straight sets for their seventh straight game. Saturday’s win means coach Mark Pavlik grabs the 600th win of his career.
Blue and white dominated both nights offensively, defensively and behind the service line. Not to mention, Penn State was perfect with its servicing reception at Friday’s contest.
A pair of outstanding performances led the way for Penn State to sweep the Sacred Heart in the evening and for Pavlik to claim his historic win.
Pavlik is one of five Division I coaches in NCAA history to reach 600 wins. For Pavlik, he said he was not surprised to hit the benchmarks this season with what he believed to be a strong team.
“I’ve said before, this group of people I love watching them play here. If there are important milestones to share, I couldn’t ask for a better team than to get those achievements and share them, “said Pavlik.
Penn State will definitely be special this year, as evidenced by its top 10 ranking and 16-2 record. Throughout the season, the energy and friendship of blue and white have been fully displayed.
For the Nittany Lions, it doesn’t matter who is in court; everyone seemed excited and excited to be with each other.
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It was a record extension day for Penn State.
To achieve an achievement like Pavlik, every component of the team must work on all cylinders.
“I started thinking about all the people who have gone through those 600 wins, from players to sports administrators to administrators,” said Pavlik. “I am very grateful to all the great people who have helped us reach this level.”
Six hundred wins is not a feat that is achieved quickly or easily. For Pavlik, it took years mornings and late nights, persistence and faith in his team.
This year’s blue and white version makes things a lot easier at Pavlik.
The high respect for his players is also a testament to how his players talk about him. Whenever asked about Pavlik, pliers like junior mid-block Sam Marsh came to his defense and praised him with admiration and gratitude.
“It’s a real honor,” said Marsh. “He has done a lot for us, so we want to give it back to him because we are grateful for that. I am very proud. “
Sophomore’s outer hitter and Tim Herget’s libero echoed Marsh’s sentiments and believes that without the current program leader, the program would not be what it is today.
“We want to go out and win this one [Pavlik] because we are very grateful to him and all our coaches for their efforts and sacrifices to help us be successful, “said Herget.
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Penn State’s season-opening losing streak has been extended to 15 games.