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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

College volleyball: Price, Sunder lead Penn State to win

Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. Will Price and Joe Sunder each had 18 kills to help No. 12 Penn State reach the NCAA men's volleyball championship with a 3-0 win over No. 3 Cal State Northridge.

Libero Dennis Del Valle added 17 digs and setter Edgardo Goas recorded 49 assists in the 30-21, 30-23, 30-28 win.

The Nittany Lions (24-7) won their fourth straight to advance into Saturday's national championship match against the winner of a later match between top-ranked Stanford and No. 10 Ohio State.

Jacek Ratajczak had 15 kills for the Matadors (23-10), who were making their first appearance in the NCAA final four in 17 years.

The Nittany Lions quickly broke out in the third set, taking an 11-4 advantage as Price, Sunder and first-team All-American Max Lipsitz combined for seven kills during the early run.

Northridge made it 27-26 before Price drove home a shot down the line for a two-point advantage.