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Campus clippings: Plum grads are hit for Penn State Behrend volleyball

| Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 1:46 a.m.

A pair of Plum graduates have given Penn State Behrend women's volleyball a one-two punch.

Freshman outside hitter Alyssa Samarco had nine kills and six aces and senior setter Chelsea Magnusen added 25 assists, six digs and three blocks as Behrend (10-1) posted 3-0 shutouts against Keystone and D'Youville on the way to winning the Morrisville State Tournament.

Magnusen added 21 assists, 11 digs and a career-high eight aces in a 3-0 win over Cobleskill and earned tournament MVP honors. Samarco had seven kills and three blocks in a 3-0 win over Morrisville and was an all-tournament selection.


Grove City

Senior free safetyJoe Diani (Leechburg) has 14 tackles, 11 solo, and intercepted a pass for the Wolverines (2-1).

Men's cross country


Freshman Tyler Lookabaugh (Kiski Area) was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Male Runner of the Week after winning the Penn State Greater Allegheny Invitational. He finished the 8K race in 29:38.

Men's soccer

La Roche

Senior forward Chad Trozzi (Burrell) was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week. He scored three goals across a pair of wins over Allegheny and St. Vincent.

Women's soccer


Senior goalkeeperSarah Geffel (Kiski Area) has made five starts in goal and has 33 saves and a shutout for the Golden Knights (3-2, 3-2).


Freshman forward Krista Burdett (Knoch) scored her first collegiate goal in a 7-0 victory over Alfred.


Sophomore goalie Maddy Frech (Kiski Area) notched her first shutout of the season, making four saves for the Titans (4-4) in a 1-0 victory over La Roche. Frech has 47 saves this season and a save percentage of .810.

Women's tennis

Sophomore Courtney Brennan (Valley) has a 6-2 record playing doubles this season and is 5-2 in singles matches.

Women's volleyball


Local members of this year's team include sophomore outside hitter Carly Bonk (Valley), sophomore defensive specialist Kelsey Bonk (Valley) and freshmen outside hitters Kaylie Dilts (Kiski Area) and Lyndsey Weiser (Kiski Area). Weiser had planned to go to Clarion and play softball but changed her mind late in the summer.

— Bill Beckner Jr.

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