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Penn State Men’s Volleyball welcomes 7 Newcomers to 20-21 Squad

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June 12, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s volleyball team is proud to introduce its incoming freshman class during for the 2020-21 school year. The group includes seven student-athletes from six different states plus one from Poland.

The group joins a roster with 13 returning players from the 2020 season, which went undefeated in EIVA conference play (7-0) and was ranked 10th in the AVCA Coaches poll before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mitch Tucker
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.
Height: 6-6
Position: Outside Hitter

BEFORE PENN STATE
Named team captain of the Fairport High School boys’ volleyball team for senior season in 2019…Chosen to Section V Class A Boys Volleyball all-tournament team in 2019…Helped Red Raiders to 2018 Division I New York state championship after an undefeated season (22-0).

PERSONAL
Full name is Mitchell Ryan Tucker…Parents are Michelle and Scott Tucker…Has one brother, Evan, and one sister, Abby…Intends to major in security and risk analysis…Born October 25, 2001 in Fairport, N.Y.

COACH PAVLIK ON MITCH
“Mitch is another Western New York product who plays the game well and will bring a good arm into our gym.”


Luke Snyder
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Height: 6-3
Position: Setter

BEFORE PENN STATE
Awarded three varsity letters as a setter for Mira Costa High School…Helped Mustangs to a runner-up finish at the 2019 SoCal CIF Regional…Senior season in 2020 canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic…Won 2019 Boys Junior National Championship with Southern California Volleyball Club (SCVC) in the U17 Open Division.

PERSONAL
Full name is Luke Oliver Snyder…Parents are Janiece and Richard Snyder…Has three sisters, Samantha, Lily, and Ella…Plans to enroll in the Division of Undergraduate Studies…Born January 28, 2002 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

COACH PAVLIK ON LUKE
“Luke is a competitive setter who has great quickness and a winner’s history.”


Ian Argento
Hometown: Seymour, Conn.
Height: 6-9
Position: Middle Blocker

BEFORE PENN STATE
Selected to the A1 Division of USA Volleyball High Performance team in 2019 with current Nittany Lion teammate Michael Valenzi… Placed sixth with Team USA Blue at the 2019 USAV High Performance Championships…Chosen team captain senior year (2020) at Saint Joseph High School before season cancellation due to COVID-19 pandemic…Named to Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) all-conference team three times (2017-19)… Won back-to-back New England Championships with Mizuno East Volleyball Club…Selected for membership in the National Honors Society, the National English Honors Society, and the National Spanish Honors Society.

PERSONAL
Full name is Ian Adrian Argento…Parents are Vivian and Adrian Argento…Has two sisters, Ava and Simone…Enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College and intends major in biochemistry and molecular biology…Born June 12, 2002 in Seymour, Conn.

COACH PAVLIK ON IAN
“Ian is a big middle with another good arm. He has the potential to be an offensive force for us going forward.”


Toby Ezeonu
Hometown: North Brunswick, N.J.
Height: 6-7
Position: Middle Blocker

BEFORE PENN STATE
Named team captain senior season (2020) for North Brunswick Township High School before season cancellation due to COVID-19 pandemic…Selected to all-conference team junior season (2019) as a middle blocker…Chosen Team MVP three times (2017-19)…Helped Raider Birds to 2017 Greater Middlesex County championship…Played club volleyball for Warren Sixpack.

PERSONAL
Full name is Tobenna Derek Ezeonu…Parents are Udenma Okafor and Walter Ezeonu…Has two brothers, Jideobi and Bryan, and one sister Tatianne…Intends to major in kinesiology…Born December 25, 2001 in North Brunswick, N.J…Named pronounced “Easy-oh-new.”

COACH PAVLIK ON TOBY
“Toby is a very good jumper and has a great wingspan who we can see developing into a very physical player.”


Michal Kowal
Hometown: Rzeszów, Poland
Height: 6-2
Position: Outside Hitter

BEFORE PENN STATE
Named team captain twice (2019-20) and team MVP once (2019) with AKS Resovia Rzeszów…Won two Boys’ Youth Polish Volleyball championships (2016 and 2018)…Attended high school at V Liceum Ogólnokształcące.

PERSONAL
Full name is Michal Piotr Kowal…Parents are Magdalena Kowal and Andrzej Kowal…Andrezej has coached professional volleyball in Poland since 2004 and is the current head coach of Ślepsk Suwałki…Has one sister, Monika…Plans to enroll in the Division of Undergraduate Studies…Born June 29, 2001 in Rzeszów, Poland…Named pronounced “Co-vall.”

COACH PAVLIK ON MICHAL
“Michal is probably the most experienced player in this group. His success playing in Poland bodes well for how soon he can contribute as a Nittany Lion.”


Will Kuhns
Hometown: Greensburg, Pa.
Height: 6-3
Position: Outside Hitter

BEFORE PENN STATE
Chosen team captain and team MVP junior season (2019) as an outside hitter at Hempfield Area High School…Named second team All WPIAL twice (2018-19)…Chosen first team all section twice (2018-19) and second team all section once (2017)… Senior season canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic…Played club volleyball with the Steel City Volleyball Club…Selected for membership in the National Honors Society.

PERSONAL
Full name is William James Kuhns…Parents are Kathy Wotus and Jim Kuhns…Has two sisters, Gabby and Sadie…Kathy was a volleyball player at Gannon University 1989-1992 and was elected to the school’s Hall of Fame in 2011…Intends to enroll in the Division of Undergraduate Studies…Born November 12, 2001 in Greensburg, Pa.

COACH PAVLIK ON WILL
“Will is another Western PA athlete with a good spring and quick arm and he will be fun to see develop.”


Michael Valenzi
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Height: 6-2
Position: Outside Hitter

BEFORE PENN STATE
Selected to the A1 Division of USA Volleyball High Performance team in 2019 with current Nittany Lion teammate Ian Argento…Won silver medal with Team USA Red at the 2019 USAV High Performance Championships…Named to USAV HP Tournament All-American Team…Chosen team captain all four years for Cardinal Gibbons High School…Helped Chiefs to undefeated state championship run at 28-0 in 2018…Selected to Miami Dade and Broward First Team All-County team three times (2017-19)…Chosen Cardinal Gibbons Player of the Year junior year (2019)…Senior season canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic…Named AAU Nationals All-American twice with Ocean Bay Volleyball Club (2018-19).

PERSONAL
Full name is Michael Anthony Valenzi…Parents are Kathy and Steve Valenzi…Steve graduated from Penn State in 1985…Has one brother, Stephen, and one sister, Rachel…Intends to major in business marketing…Born April 4, 2002 in Sewickley, Pa.

COACH PAVLIK ON MICHAEL
“Michael is a skilled player with a great team personality and a heavy arm. His explosiveness and quickness will serve him well at this level.”


For more information on Penn State men’s volleyball, follow the Nittany Lions on Twitter @PennStateMVBALL and Instagram @pennstatemvball and “like” the Penn State men’s volleyball page on Facebook.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kevin J. Stoicovy; COURTESY PENN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS


 

Ohio Northern NCAA Qualifiers named All-American by National Wrestling Coaches Association

By Tim Glon

NWCA siteNWCA All-America honorees 2020 (.pdf) |

ADA — Senior Seth Transue (Plain City/Jerome), junior Cash Thompson (Lake Odessa, Mich./Lakewood) and freshman Chase Sumner (Ada) have been named All-America in Wrestling for 2020 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Transue was a First Team honoree, while Thompson and Sumner received Third Team honors.

Normally, the top eight finishers in each event earn All-America honors by the NCAA.

As this year’s NCAA III Wrestling Championships were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NWCA is giving its own All-America honors to all athletes that qualified for the championships in March.

The top eight seeds in each of the ten weight classes were given First Team honors, wrestlers who received votes in the seeding process were honored as Second Team selections and the remaining wrestlers were accorded Third Team kudos.

Transue won the 133-pound weight class at the NCAA III Central Regional Wrestling Championships this winter and was seeded seventh at the NCAA III Championships.

He was named the Central Regional Championships Most Valuable Wrestler and was a First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree.

Transue was also named a Scholar All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

He was 43-2 on the season and ended his career tied for 16th all-time in ONU history with a 96-41 career record.

Thompson was 29-7 on the season at 197 pounds and qualified for the NCAA Championships with a second place finish at the Central Regional Championships.

He was named Second Team All-OAC and will enter his senior season with an 84-38 career record.

Sumner was a late addition to the NCAA Championships after finishing fourth at the 149-pound weight class at the Central Regional Championships.

He received a bid just a few days prior to the championships after a Central Regional qualifier from his 149-pound weight class became injured and could not compete.

Sumner ended his rookie campaign with a 37-6 record. His 37 wins are the second-most by a freshman in ONU history.

The Polar Bears finished the 2019-20 season with a 14-8 record under 32nd-year head coach Ron Beaschler.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Glon; COURTESY ONU SPORTS INFORMATION

 

Arkansas Razorbacks issue Statement on SEC return to Athletic Activities

The Southeastern Conference announced the return of voluntary in-person athletics activities on campuses league-wide beginning June 8 under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.

 

SEC Release: https://bit.ly/2yqhNvD

 

Below are statements from Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek, Football Head Coach Sam Pittman, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Eric Musselman and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Neighbors.

 

Hunter Yurachek – Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics

“I appreciate the leadership and commitment of SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, our conference member institutions and the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force related to returning student-athletes to campus. As we resume on-campus activities, the continued health and well-being of our student-athletes will remain our top priority.  I sincerely appreciate the efforts of our Department of Athletics staff and numerous medical professionals across our state, who worked collaboratively to develop a detailed plan in accordance with University, SEC, NCAA and Arkansas Department of Health directives. We are well prepared and look forward to confidently welcoming back many of our student-athletes in the coming weeks.”

 

Sam Pittman – Football Head Coach

“I’m thankful for all the people that have spent a lot of time and effort in making these decisions this week. The most important part in all of this is the health and well-being of our student-athletes. We are confident in our plan to bring our guys back to campus where our resources are here to help them academically, emotionally and physically. For us as a new staff, we can’t wait to see them and continue to build our trust with one another.”

 

Eric Musselman – Men’s Basketball Head Coach

“This is an exciting step in our hopes to play sports in the fall. I think it will be great for our student-athletes to be back on campus and have the many services our support staff can give them in terms of academics, medical needs, physical conditioning and mental wellness. While we look forward to seeing our student-athletes back, we know this is still a serious time in this world-wide pandemic. We need to take things slow and we need to follow all the guidelines in order to ensure the health of everyone. That is the only way we can move forward.”

 

Mike Neighbors – Women’s Basketball Head Coach

“We’ve shared a saying around our program for three years: if you stay ready you never have to get ready!

 

“Since day one, I’ve used Governor Hutchinson, Commissioner Sankey, Chancellor Stenimetz, and Hunter Yurachek as my Mount Rushmore of information on how to proceed through these challenging times.  They have kept us well informed and have built confidence in us all that there is a great plan in place. So if they say we’re ready,  we are ready.

 

“We understand it’s “more proceed with caution” for now rather than “GO”! We will strictly adhere to the guidelines and procedures put in place to keep us safe.

 

“I can’t wait to see each and every returner and welcome our newcomers!”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kyle Parkinson; COURTESY ARKANSAS COMMUNICATIONS

Beginning June 8, Southeastern Conference to allow Voluntary In-Person Athletics Activities

5/22/2020 | General

 

ADDING QUOTES FROM SOUTH CAROLINA:

“Based on the decision today by the Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, the University of South Carolina will be ready to host football student-athletes on campus for voluntary workouts on June 8,” said University of South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “They will be on campus several days before to get tested for the COVID-19 virus. We are excited to have our student-athletes back on campus. Their health, safety and well-being are our number one priority. Our staff and medical team have developed a thorough set of protocols that exceed CDC guidelines and will help our student-athletes through the transition back to campus.”

“I am pleased that we will bring our student-athletes back to campus on June 8 for conditioning and I have confidence in our Department of Athletics to follow public health protocols to mitigate risk to our athletes, coaches and training staff,” said UofSC President Bob Caslen. “This is another step toward the phased reopening of our campus and another sign that we are ready to get back to the business of educating our next generation of leaders.”

SEC TO PERMIT VOLUNTARY IN-PERSON ATHLETICS ACTIVITIES BEGINNING ON JUNE 8

Student-Athletes Given Opportunity to Engage in Strength & Conditioning Activities That Can Be Effectively Monitored and Performed While Social Distancing

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (May 22, 2020) – Voluntary in-person athletics activities may resume on Southeastern Conference campuses, at the discretion of each university, beginning June 8 under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution, the SEC announced Friday.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the SEC had suspended all athletics activities through May 31. June 8 will begin a transition period that will allow student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sports activity after this recent period of inactivity. Under plans developed by each university and consistent with state and local health directives, certain activities will be permitted based on the ability to participate in controlled and safe environments, while also maintaining recommended social distancing measures.

The decision to resume athletics activities, which at this time is limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel, was made with the guidance of the Conference’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. Created by the SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors in April and comprised of a cross-section of leading public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from across the SEC’s 14 member institutions, the Task Force will remain active to provide continued advice and guidance to the SEC and its members as they prepare for a return to competition.

“The safe and healthy return of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our greater university communities have been and will continue to serve as our guiding principle as we navigate this complex and constantly-evolving situation,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process. Thanks to the blueprint established by our Task Force and the dedicated efforts of our universities and their athletics programs, we will be able to provide our student-athletes with far better health and wellness education, medical and psychological care and supervision than they would otherwise receive on their own while off campus or training at public facilities as states continue to reopen.”

As part of its recommendations, the Task Force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining cleaned environments. These recommendations will serve as a roadmap for each school prior to and upon the return of student-athletes to their campuses.

“While each institution will make its own decisions in creating defined plans to safely return student-athletes to activity, it is essential to employ a collaborative approach that involves input from public health officials, coaches, sports medicine staff, sports performance personnel and student-athletes,” Sankey said. “Elements of the Task Force recommendations provided key guidance for determining the date of the return to activity.”

In addition to standard infection prevention measures as approved by public health authorities such as facility cleaning and social distancing, recommended enhanced health and safety measures include:

  • Enhanced education of all team members on health and wellness best practices, including but not limited to preventing the spread of COVID-19
  • A 3-stage screening process that involves screening before student-athletes arrive on campus, within 72 hours of entering athletics facilities and on a daily basis upon resumption of athletics activities
  • Testing of symptomatic team members (including all student-athletes, coaches, team support and other appropriate individuals)
  • Immediate isolation of team members who are under investigation or diagnosed with COVID-19 followed by contact tracing, following CDC and local public health guidelines
  • A transition period that allows student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sport activity following a period of inactivity

During the month of June, NCAA regulations permit only strength and conditioning personnel to supervise voluntary on-campus athletics activities in the sports of football and men’s & women’s basketball. A current waiver that permits eight (8) hours of virtual film review has been extended through June 30 for football and basketball.

Consistent with NCAA regulations, organized practices and other required physical activities remain prohibited in all sports. A previously announced suspension of in-person camps and coaches clinics conducted by SEC institutions remains in effect until July 31.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE & SOUTH CAROLINA ATHLETICS

 

South Carolina welcoming Student-Athletes back to campus for voluntary in-person activities on June 8

 

 

5/22/2020 | General

Voluntary in-person athletics activities will resume at The University of South Carolina beginning on June 8, under protocols and procedures that have been developed by the Gamecocks Athletics Department and medical advisors, Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced today.

“Based on the decision today by the Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, the University of South Carolina will be ready to host football student-athletes on campus for voluntary workouts on June 8,” said Tanner. “They will return to campus several days before to get tested for the COVID-19 virus. We are excited to have our student-athletes back on campus. Their health, safety and well-being are our number one priority. Our staff and medical team have developed a thorough set of protocols that exceed CDC guidelines and will help our student-athletes through the transition back to campus.”

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the SEC had suspended all athletics activities through May 31. June 1 will begin a transition period that will allow student-athletes to get tested for the virus on campus as well as gradually adapt to the full training and sports activities.

The decision by the SEC Presidents and Chancellors to resume athletics activities, which at this time is limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel, was made with the guidance of the Conference’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. The group is comprised of a cross-section of leading public health and sports medicine professionals from across the SEC’s 14-member institutions. The Task Force will remain active to provide continued advice and guidance to the SEC and its members as they prepare for a return to competition. Dr. Zoë Foster, athletics team physician, is the University of South Carolina’s representative on the Task Force.

Highlighted among the protocols that have been developed for Gamecock student-athletes are:

  • Student-athletes will receive a COVID-19 and antibody test upon arrival on campus. They will also receive a daily symptoms and temperature check and trace contacting will take place.
  • All facilities used by student-athletes have undergone a strict cleaning process to ensure they have been fully disinfected and will include additional hand sanitizing stations.
  • All student-athletes and staff are required to wear face coverings in public spaces and wash their hands frequently.
  • Physical distancing with staff and student-athletes will be emphasized.
  • There are extensive educational efforts including videos, in-person communication and signage.

Procedures in place of a student-athlete or staff members shows symptoms of the virus. Student-athletes will also be set up in “clusters” for all activities as to keep a possible positive inside the small unit rather than impacting the entire group.

During the month of June, NCAA regulations permit only strength and conditioning personnel to supervise voluntary on-campus athletics activities in the sports of football, as well as men’s and women’s basketball. A current waiver that permits eight (8) hours of virtual film review has been extended through June 30 for football and basketball.

Consistent with NCAA regulations, organized practices and other required physical activities remain prohibited in all sports. A previously announced suspension of in-person camps and coaches clinics conducted by SEC institutions remains in effect until July 31.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ATHLETICS

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