Volleyball

Strong Offensive Effort Lifts Volleyball to Sweep Over Bryant

Alexis Egler

Baltimore, Md. -- The Youngstown State volleyball team had its most efficient offensive performance in four years and picked up its first sweep of the season, beating Bryant 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 at the Coppin State Invitational on Friday.

The Penguins hit .349 as a team, which was its best effort since hitting .384 against St. Peter's on Sept. 13, 2008. YSU had 39 kills and just 10 errors in 83 attempts.

Jenna Cavanaugh had six kills and six blocks, and Alexis Egler finished with eight kills. Shannon Watson added seven kills without an error, and Jackie Carlisle had five kills without an error. Missy Hundelt posted a team-high eight digs.

YSU improves to 3-2 this season and won two matches on the same day for the first time since 2008. The Penguins beat Coppin State 3-1 earlier Friday.

The Penguins scored the first seven points of the match on Casey D'Ambrose's serve and trailed for only five rallies the entire match. Egler and Watson had four kills in the opening set as the Penguins hit .393 as a team. Aly Ryan had four kills, and Cavanaugh posted three blocks as YSU hit .370 in the second set. Hundelt finished with four kills in the third set as the Penguins hit .286.

"We started off really fast and controlled the entire match," YSU first-year head coach Mark Hardaway said. "Jenna was a huge factor with her six blocks at the net, and Shannon and Jackie came up big with 12 kills and no errors between them. I also thought we did a great job serving against Bryant after a poor serving performance this morning against Coppin State."

The Bulldogs hit .062 as a team with 29 kills and 24 errors. Kaitlyn Klein finished with a match-high nine kills for Bryant, which dropped to 1-3.

Youngstown State will play two more matches on Saturday at the Coppin State Invitational. The Penguins will play North Carolina A&T at 10 a.m. and Chicago State at 4 p.m.