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Reppin’ In Rio: Penn State Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Alums Earn Bronze Medals

Several more Nittany Lions will leave Rio with a medal after the men’s and women’s volleyball results

Olympics: Volleyball Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We know you all are suffering from Olympics withdrawal right about now, so how about one final update on how your fellow Penn Staters fared?

First, on the wrestling mat: Frank Molinaro lost a hard-fought match for the bronze medal in the 65kg weight class to finish fifth overall. If you haven’t already done so, check out Lando’s recap of how it all went down.

On the volleyball front: Both the U.S. men’s and women’s teams managed to shake off the disappointment of not making to the gold medal match by winning bronze medals. The American women took out The Netherlands 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19 thanks in part to the efforts of Christa Dietzen (Harmotto) and Alisha Glass. Meanwhile, the American men rallied from a two sets to none deficit, defeating the Russians 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13. With Matt Anderson, Aaron Russell, and Max Holt all earning medals (in addition to Dietzen and Glass on the women’s team), this resulted in a combined five Penn Staters earning medals just from volleyball alone.

As a result of the successful finishes of the U.S. volleyball teams, the final medal tally for your fellow Penn Staters (one silver, seven bronzes) reads as follows:

Athlete Country Event Medal
Joe Kovacs USA Shot Put Silver
Miles Chamley-Watson USA Fencing (men's team foil) Bronze
Monica Aksamit USA Fencing (women's team sabre) Bronze
Christa Dietzen (Harmotto) USA Women's Volleyball Bronze
Alisha Glass USA Women's Volleyball Bronze
Matt Anderson USA Men's Volleyball Bronze
Max Holt USA Men's Volleyball Bronze
Aaron Russell USA Men's Volleyball Bronze

Congratulations to all Penn Staters who competed down in Rio over the past few weeks. May the medal tally in the Tokyo games be even stronger.