Penn Staters win more medals at Rio Olympics

Nittany Lions garner bronze medals in volleyball, silver in shot put

The U.S. women's volleyball team celebrated its bronze medal finish at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Credit: Penn State AthleticsAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State added to its Olympic medal total over the past week, with bronze medals in men's and women's volleyball and a silver medal in the men's shot put.

A trio of Penn State men's volleyball alumni helped to lead the U.S. men's national team to a bronze medal as the United States defeated defending Olympic champion Russia 3-2 on on Aug. 21. The players — Matt Anderson, Max Holt and Aaron Russell — are the first Penn State men's volleyball players to win Olympic medals.

Two former Penn State women's volleyball All-Americans also won bronze during the Rio Olympics. Christa (Harmotto) Dietzen and Alisha Glass helped the U.S. defeat the Netherlands on Aug. 20.

Alumnus Joe Kovacs won a silver medal in the men's shot with a throw of 21.78m on Aug. 18. Kovacs' mark earned Kovacs seventh place in Olympic history.

Former Penn State All-American fencer Miles Chamley-Watson helped the U.S. men's foil team earn a bronze medal on Aug. 12, the first Olympic medal for the team since the 1932 squad also won a bronze. Chamley-Watson won all three of his bouts in the semifinals versus Russia by a combined score of 24-12. He competed in two bouts in the bronze medal match against Italy, helping the U.S. win 45-31.

Former Penn State All-American fencer Monica Aksamit also helped the U.S. women's saber team earn a bronze medal on Aug. 13. She is the first member of the women's fencing team to win an Olympic medal for the United States.

Penn State had a school record contingent of 25 people at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, including 17 competitors, three coaches and five alternates. The Nittany Lions have had a total of 109 student-athlete Olympians all-time.

Last Updated August 26, 2016