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1994 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. May 7, 2008 - Penn State men’s volleyball accomplished what many thought would be impossible in 1994 when it became the first team from anywhere other than California to win a national title. Teams from the Golden State had claimed the previous 24 NCAA titles. Not only was Penn State the only program in men’s volleyball from the East to win a national title, no women’s team east of the Mississippi River had ever won a national title. After qualifying for nine NCAA Tournaments since 1981, Penn State had proven themselves as the top team in the East but defeating a California team to win the title still seemed like a dream. The dream became a reality on April 3, 1994 when the Nittany Lions outlasted perennial powerhouse and 14-time NCAA champion UCLA 9-15, 15-13, 4-15, 15-12, 15-12 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. A record-setting crowd of 7,908 witnessed Penn State come back from an 11-4 deficit in the fourth game to outscore the Bruins 11-1 down the stretch to force a fifth game and seize the momentum. Penn State then jumped out to a 8-4 lead in the final frame, saw UCLA rally to tie at 12-12, but didn’t wilt, scoring the final three points. Senior co-captain Byron Schneider posted the match winning kill and the Lions had made history. Ramon Hernandez recorded one of the most clutch performances in NCAA Tournament history in the championship match by recording 38 kills, a .444 hitting percentage and 10 digs. Ed Josefoski and Schneider each chipped in 18 kills, while Josefoski posted a team-high 12 digs. Both were named to the All-Tournament team. Just a freshman, Ivan Contreras added seven blocks and 14 kills while Kevin Hourican led the team with 11 blocks. Setter Carlos Ortiz recorded 87 assists, seven kills and 10 digs. The NCAA title capped off a 25-3 season that also saw the Lions take the EIVA crown. Penn State recorded victories over some of the top programs that season, defeating Stanford twice, Ball State, Brigham Young and Ohio State three times. The Lions had four players finish the season with over 300 kills, led by Hernandez with 440. Hernandez, Contreras, Josefos­ki and Ortiz were named All-Americans. PENN STATE VS. UCLA I MAY 7, 1994 I FORT WAYNE, IND. (ALLEN COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL) PSU 3, UCLA 2 (9-15, 15-13, 15-4, 15-12, 15-12) UCLA PLAYER GP K E TA PCT AST SA SE RE DIG BS BA BE BHE Wong 5 11 6 30 .167 2 3 7 0 9 1 4 2 0 Nygaard 5 37 18 83 .229 0 1 4 0 6 2 10 1 0 Nihipali 5 20 7 42 .310 1 1 3 0 5 1 7 0 1 Metzger 5 7 2 11 .455 95 1 3 0 9 1 2 0 0 Sullivan 5 17 5 28 .429 4 1 1 1 13 0 2 0 0 Kelly 5 23 2 30 .700 1 0 1 0 4 0 8 2 0 Pier 5 0 0 0 .000 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 Nguyen 4 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Wells 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 5 115 40 224 .335 104 7 23 1 48 5 33 5 1 TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 21.0 PENN STATE PLAYER GP K E TA PCT AST SA SE RE DIG BS BA BE BHE Contreras 5 14 7 27 .259 0 0 2 1 3 0 7 1 0 Ortiz 5 7 2 15 .333 87 1 1 0 10 1 1 1 3 Hernandez 5 38 6 72 .444 4 0 1 1 6 0 7 2 0 Hourican 5 7 3 17 .235 1 0 5 0 6 2 9 4 0 Schneider 5 18 9 33 .273 5 0 2 0 10 0 5 0 0 Josefoski 5 18 6 37 .324 2 0 5 5 12 0 4 1 0 Kepner 5 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Miller 4 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 5 102 33 201 .343 99 1 16 7 48 3 33 9 3 TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 19.0 TM ATTACK BY SET SET 1 SET 2 SET 3 SET 4 SET 5 UCLA 28-9-46 (.413) 27-13-60 (.233) 19-3-29 (.552) 33-11-67 (.328) 8-4-22 (.182) PENN STATE 25-9-48 (.333) 26-8-51 (.353) 12-6-30 (.200) 31-8-59 (.390) 8-2-13 (.462)

RESULTS (25-3, 9-0 EIVA) 1/20 Stanford W 15-13, 15-4, 15-6 1/21 Stanford (1) L 8-15, 18-16, 15-12, 5-15, 14-16 1/22 Stanford (2) W 15-12, 15-9, 18-16 Mizuno Nittany Lion Invitational 1/28 Ohio State W 15-13, 15-7, 15-8 1/29 Ball State W 15-5, 15-8, 16-14 1/29 IPFW W 15-9, 15-3, 15-12 Hall of Fame Classic at Springfield, Mass. 2/5 Springfield W 15-8, 15-10, 15-2 2/6 Ohio State W 15-14, 13-15, 15-7, 15-10 University of Manitoba Tournament 2/11 Winnipeg W 15-8, 15-10, 17-16 2/11 British Columbia W 17-16, 16-14, 15-11 2/12 Manitoba L 5-15, 15-10, 10-15, 10-15 2/13 Manitoba W 15-11, 15-8, 17-15 2/17 New Jersey Tech W 15-4, 15-7, 15-4 Golden Dome Classic at Rutgers-Newark 2/18 Cal-Berkeley (Club) W 15-10, 15-7, 15-6 2/18 Rutgers-Newark W 15-0, 15-5, 8-15, 16-14 2/26 at George Mason W 15-11, 6-15, 15-6, 15-7 3/1 at Juniata W 15-4, 15-2, 15-11 3/18 Eastern Mennonite W 15-0, 15-3, 15-2 3/19 at St. Francis (Pa.) W 15-8, 15-10, 15-11 3/25 Ohio State W 15-7, 15-7, 15-8 3/31 at Ohio State W 15-9, 15-10, 11-15, 16-14 Ball State Invitational 4/1 Ball State L 15-10, 12-15, 15-5, 12-15, 15-17 4/2 IPFW L 10-15, 15-17, 13-15 4/8 Brigham Young (3) W 15-8, 11-15, 15-11, 15-8 4/14 George Mason W 15-8, 15-9, 15-8 4/16 Lewis W 15-9, 15-5, 16-14 4/19 East Stroudsburg W 15-5, 15-10, 8-15, 15-12 4/20 Rutgers-Newark W 11-15, 15-4, 15-2, 15-5 EIVA Championship at George Mason 4/23 New Jersey Tech W 15-6, 15-5, 15-9 4/30 Princeton W 17-15, 15-2, 15-10 4/30 Rutgers-Newark W 15-7, 15-9, 15-6 NCAA Tournament at Fort Wayne, Ind. 5/6 Ball State W 9-15, 15-7, 15-10, 15-6 5/7 UCLA W 9-15, 15-13, 4-15, 15-12, 15-12 (1) at Newtown, Pa.; (2) at Elizabethtown, Pa. (3) at Warminster, Pa.

ROSTER 1 8 9 11 12 17 4 5

Ivan Contreas Carlos Ortiz Ramon Hernandez Kevin Hourican Byron Schneider Ed Josefoski Adam Fernsler Jason Kepner

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COACHES

Scott Irwin Kristian Hahn Brian Miller Fred Matheis

HC: Tom Peterson AC: Mark Pavlik

Ramón Hernandez

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