Penn State Volleyball Lives Here

Video posted April 26, 2016 in Sports by Mike D'Avella


Jalen Penrose always expected to be a basketball player. He hit six feet by the time he was a middle schooler and grew to six feet eight when he got to high school. With a volleyball coach for a mom, his path quickly changed. Since he always strived to play professional sports, Penrose chose to attend Penn State as a volleyball player despite several college basketball offers. As a Nittany Lion, Penrose has allowed his volleyball career to take over his life and he loves every minute of it. While his dreams of playing both professionally, overseas, and earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team are still ways away, Penrose is working diligently to show his school, coaches and the rest of the volleyball world what he can do. While Penrose admits, it gets tough living up to the expectations of being a Division I athlete, he has only become closer to the sport since deciding to move up to the next level.

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Mike D'Avella

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Mike D’Avella is a senior from West Chester, Pa., majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in business. He is a sports director, producer, play-by-play voice, talk show personality and beat writer on the sports side of CommRadio. Mike is also a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. He has completed internships with the Philadelphia Phillies in the summers of 2014 and 2015, Advanced Media in the spring of 2016, the State College Spikes Minor League baseball production department in the summer of 2016 and Interscope Records in Santa Monica, California. He is also the drummer in a State College based Alternative Rock band called “The New Feel” who has performed at venues such as the Bryce Jordan Center. Mike plans to pursue a career in sports media or the entertainment industry in the hopes of becoming a producer or radio personality for a sports or music station. You can reach him via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow him on Twitter @_mikedavella.