Strong Offensive Effort Leads Oakland to Sweep of YSU

Val Jeffery (Photo by Regina Thompson)
Val Jeffery (Photo by Regina Thompson)

The Youngstown State volleyball team couldn't keep pace offensively with Oakland and dropped a three-setter to the Golden Grizzlies on Friday evening at Beeghly Center. The set scores were 25-15, 25-19, 25-23.

The Penguins hit a respectable .262 collectively, including .345 over the final two sets, but Oakland hit .366 for the match and posted 13 more kills than YSU.

Aly Ryan led YSU with nine kills, and Sam Brown finished with eight. No other Penguin had more than four kills.

Melissa Deatsch had a match-best 13 kills, and Jessica Dood registered 12 kills on a .647 attack percentage for the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland was aggressive at the service line with eight aces and eight errors, and YSU had three aces and seven errors.

Oakland scored six of the first seven points of the first set, and it led by at least six points the rest of the set after going up 10-4. The Golden Grizzlies hit .481 in the set, and YSU was held to a .107 mark.

Ryan had five of her kills in the second set, which had 10 ties and two lead changes before Oakland pulled away late. Neither team led by more than two until a 4-0 run gave Oakland a 17-13 lead. A Ryan kill capped a 4-1 run for the Penguins that got them within 18-17, but the Golden Grizzlies closed out the set on a 7-2 spurt.

Oakland's fifth of six aces in the third set gave it a 15-7 lead, but YSU rallied behind Nikki Thompson's serve. The Penguins libero had two aces of her own during a 6-0 run that made the score 15-13, and the Penguins were within at least three the rest of the way. A Lauren Thompson kill tied the score at 22-22, but YSU wasn't able to get ahead. A serving error gave Oakland a sideout, and Dood had kills for the Golden Grizzlies' final two points.

Youngstown State will play host to Northern Kentucky on Saturday at 5 p.m. Jessie Gerig, Ryan, Lauren Thompson and Nikki Thompson will be honored prior to the match as part of the annual Senior Day festivities.