No. 4 men’s volleyball trips back to California for Battle of the Bigs

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 4 Penn State men’s volleyball heads back to California for the Battle of the Bigs, as the Nittany Lions take on UC Santa Barbara and No. 3 Long Beach State in the Big West.

Ohio State also faces the Gauchos and Beach in alternate matchups, similar to last week’s B1G/Pac-12 Challenge in Los Angeles.

PSU heads to Santa Barbara on Friday to play the Gauchos before stopping at LBSU on Saturday night. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN+.

No. 4 Penn State (4-2) vs. UC Santa Barbara (2-3)

Date: Friday January 28
Time: 9:00 ET / 6:00 PT
ESPN+: Live Stream
Statistics: Live Statistics

Penn State vs. #3 Long Beach State (4-0)

Date: Saturday January 29
Time: 10:00 ET / 7:00 PT
ESPN+: Live Stream
Statistics: Live Statistics


PSU is always 7-10 against UCSB, while the Gauchos are currently on a two-game winning streak. Penn State’s last home win game in 2017 with a 3-1 score.

PSU is 7-19 all time vs Long Beach. The Beach has won its last three matchups dating back to 2016. Penn State’s last win came at Long Beach in 2015, a 3-0 sweep.


  • Penn State ranks 4th in both the AVCA poll and the Off the Block media poll. This season, PSU took third in the AVCA poll (January 18) and second in the OTB poll (January 19), the highest ever position in the media poll since its founding in 2016.
  • Penn State National (from January 25): 40 total aces (T2e), 2.00 aces per set (7th), 245 kills (5th), 174 counts (7th), 0.314 H% (12th). Cal Fishero ranks 7th in the country with 4.83 points per set and 11th in kills per set (3.80). Cole Bogner ranks fifth with 10.35 assists per set in the country.
  • PSU dropped its first two games of the 2022 season last weekend at the B1G/Pac-12 Challenge in Los Angeles. The Nittany Lions lost 3-1 to then No. 12 USC on Friday before falling by the same score Saturday to No. 2 UCLA.
  • Senior opposite Cal Fishero filled the stats at the B1G/Pac12 Challenge with a pair of double-doubles. He had 20 kills and 10 digs vs USC and 16 kills with 11 digs vs. UCLA. The 2021 Off the Block Server of the Year has 13 aces through six games, which is the second most in the nation this season, and ranks 8th in program history with 106 aces, just behind Joe Sunder (107 ) and Matt Proper (108) on the list.

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.

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