Joe Sunder - Penn State University


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Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week

January 18, 2011
Joe Sunder - Penn State University
Junior, Outside Hitter, 6-7 (Greensburg, Pa. - Hempfield High School)

Joe Sunder 1-18-11

Photo courtesy PSU athletics.

Joe Sunder, a 6-7 junior outside hitter for then-No.10 Penn State University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week.  Sunder led the Nittany Lions to a 2-1 record last week, and a second place finish in the Outrigger Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii.  All three opponents were ranked in the top fifteen of the AVCA Men's Division I-II Coaches Top 15 Poll.  In their first game of the week against then-No.8 UCLA, Sunder hit .341 tallying 25.5 points with a career-high 24 kills and three total blocks. However, he managed to improve upon his then-career-high with 33 kills in 48 attempts for a .583 attack percentage against Hawai'i. Sunder also put up four blocks against the Warriors. In the final match of the week, he tallied 13 kills on .417 hitting with three blocks against Ball State. For the week, Sunder averaged 5.83 kills per set, .833 blocks per set and 6.33 points per set. He was named the Outrigger Invitational Most Outstanding Player for his outstanding week of play.  This is the 14th time Penn State men's volleyball player has been named an AVCA Player of the week, and it's the first time for Sunder. The Nittany Lions are coached by Mark Pavlik.


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