Penn State Altoona men's volleyball program becomes member of NEAC

The Penn State Altoona men's volleyball program has been accepted as an associate member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), beginning with the 2014-15 season.

In addition to Penn State Altoona, three other Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference schools have also been accepted into the NEAC for men's volleyball. Hilbert College and Medaille College, which are both currently associate members in other conference sports, will join former NEAC member institution D'Youville College as members for men's volleyball, bringing the sport’s sponsorship to nine teams across the conference.

Penn State Altoona and the other three AMCC schools join current full conference members Cazenovia College, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, SUNY Institute of Technology and Wells College to round out the field.

“We are very excited to bring the men’s volleyball programs of these four institutions to the NEAC,” states NEAC Commissioner Candice Murray. “The additions will help increase competition across the league while also putting the conference one step closer to gaining an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament.”

Penn State Altoona men's volleyball is entering its second year as a varsity sport. It was officially added to the school's athletics program last fall, becoming the 16th varsity sport offered at the campus. Prior to its varsity status, it existed as a successful club sport. The squad is coached by Phil Peterman, who has led the team since 2008 at the club level. Peterman is also in his sixth year as head coach of the varsity women's volleyball team.

The 2013-14 NEAC men’s volleyball season is set to begin in January. Penn State Altoona's first match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 19 as the team hosts Juniata College.

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Last Updated September 12, 2013