Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at UIC
Chicago -- The Youngstown State volleyball team couldn’t keep up with a hot-hitting UIC squad on Saturday in a three-set loss (25-16, 27-25, 25-15) at the Flames Athletic Center.
Missy Hundelt finished with 11 kills to lead YSU, but UIC had three players finish in double figures in kills. Kelsey Safranek posted a match-best 14 kills, and Janise Dismuke added 12 on a .611 attack percentage.
The Flames had 10 more kills (48-38) than YSU and 19 more digs (56-37). The Penguins held a 7-2 edge in blocks, but they also had eight more serving errors.
YSU led 6-5 early in the first set, and the Penguins trailed just 11-10 after a block by Jenna Cavanaugh and Kelsey Wagy. UIC then went on an 8-2 run to take a 19-12 lead, and the Penguins weren’t able to get closer than six the rest of the set.
UIC scored the first seven points of the second set, but YSU trimmed the deficit to just one at 14-13 after an Alexis Egler kill. UIC built the lead back to 22-16, but the Penguins rallied again to tie the score at 23-23. YSU was able to save two set points, but Egler missed on back-to-back attempts as UIC won 27-25.
After YSU scored the opening point of the third set, UIC scored 12 straight points to go up by 11. YSU was only able to get as close as eight.
The Flames hit .296 for the match, including .387 in the opening set.
Youngstown State will play its final two home matches of the season next weekend, and the Penguins will be playing to help secure a spot in the Horizon League Tournament. YSU will play Valparaiso on Friday and Wright State on Saturday. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.