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Local briefs: IPFW volleyball suffers first loss, Tech wrestlers advance

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 8:55 am

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – IPFW's road trip for a Top 15 showdown in men's volleyball turned into a one-sided loss.

No.12 Penn State beat No.14 IPFW 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-23) on Friday night, handing the Mastodons their first loss of the season.

IPFW was led by Eddie Rivera, who had 11 kills and six digs. Elon Fyfield had eight kills and Bryan Saunders and Ramon Burgos added seven apiece.

Penn State was led by Aaron Russell with 12 kills and 10 digs.

Indiana Tech wrestlers advance

MARSHALL, Mo. – The ninth-ranked Indiana Tech wrestling team advanced nine wrestlers Friday to the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley College Invitational.

Those advancing are Kristopher McKinley, John Weldon, Justin Brooks, Mitch Pawlak, Travis Barroquillo, LJ Grayson, Kafuba Donzon, Taylor DeLong and Mitch Roadruck.

Tech track athletes compete in early event

Indiana Tech senior Becca Lamb turned in her indoor personal best in the 5,000-meter run and Aaron Belcher set a school record to highlight the Warriors' performances at the Mike Lints Alumni Open at Grand Valley State University on Friday.

Tech competed in the running events, pole vault and high jump.

Lamb's time of 18 minutes, 18.6 seconds. was an NAIA automatic qualification standard.

Belcher improved on his A-standard and broke the school record in the 3,000-meter run in 8:26.76.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the women were out-kicked by the hosts by .23 seconds to finish second to the Lakers in 3:51.44. On the men's side, the Warriors took the lead in the third leg and did not relent, finishing in first by almost 2.5 seconds over Grand Valley State in a time of 3:15.52. Both teams hit their second automatic qualifying standards of the season.

Other standards included Shayne Armbrister with a 1:38.3 in the 600, for a B-standard, Lauren Pannell at 1.64 meters (5 feet, 4.5 inches) to hit the A-standard in the high jump, Alex Rowe at 2.02 meters (6 feet, 7.5 inches) for the B-standard, Austen Barnes 48.88 for the A-standard in the 400, and Matt Adair broke his own school record in the 1,000 and hit the A-standard with a time of 2:29.92.

"It's still very early in our racing schedule so for us to be hitting standards or close to standards reflects on the hard work our runners have put in over the winter break," distance coach Josh Wolfe said in news release. "It sets us up well to compete going forward."