Natalie Orr | Posted: 4 Jan 2022 | Updated: 5 Feb 2022

BYU men's volleyball to face Penn State in season opener

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PROVO, Utah — BYU men’s volleyball will open its 2022 season by facing Penn State in a two-match series starting Thursday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. EST in the Penn State Rec Hall.

On Dec. 20, the NVA/AVCA Coaches Poll ranked the Cougars No. 6 its pre-season rankings. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions came in at No. 5.

In the all-time series between these two teams, BYU leads 13-6. On an eight-match winning streak, the Cougars last defeated the Nittany Lions in Jan. 2019.

Brigham Young University Cougars (0-0, 0-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference)

  • BYU finished the 2021 season with a 20-4 record, its eighth MPSF Conference championship title, a trip to the NCAA national championship game and a No. 2 national ranking
  • This is head coach Shawn Olmstead’s seventh season
  • The Cougars welcome back 11 returners and have added nine newcomers
  • Off the Block recognized junior Davide Gardini as preseason First Team All-American

Penn State University (0-0, 0-0 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association)

  • No. 1 ranking in the EIVA preseason coaches' poll 
  • Penn State returns its entire starting lineup and 17 total student-athletes from the 2021 roster, including All-Americans Cole Bogner, Cal Fisher and Brett Wildman and All-EIVA honorees Will Bantle and Sam Marsh
  • Seniors Bogner, Fisher and Wildman were selected preseason First Team All-Americans by Off the Block
  • The Nittany Lions finished the 2021 season with a 22-4 overall record and 16-2 conference record. Their season ended with a loss to Lewis University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.




For those wishing to attend, tickets for Rec Hall are free. Information can be found here. Masks are required.