Penguins Complete Perfect Weekend to Win Eagle Challenge

The YSU volleyball team went 3-0 with three straight sweeps at the Eagle Challenge.
The YSU volleyball team went 3-0 with three straight sweeps at the Eagle Challenge.

Marketa Plesingrova had 13 kills, and the Youngstown State volleyball team swept Delaware State to win the Eagle Challenge championship on Saturday at Morehead State's Wetherby Gym.

The Penguins beat the Hornets 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 to complete a perfect weekend of three consecutive sweeps to open the season. YSU beat Winthrop and Morehead State on Friday before topping Delaware State on Saturday morning.

Plesingrova's 13 kills came in just 20 attempts, and the freshman from the Czech Republic posted a .500 attack percentage. Youngstown State had 21 more kills than Delaware State and outhit the Hornets .245- to 034.

Sarah Varcolla added nine kills, and Dana Borsz registered nine digs. Sam Brown had six kills and two aces, and Heather Splinter registered eight digs and three aces to go along with 15 assists.

Youngstown State did not trail in the first set and scored nine of the final 11 points to pull away. The lead changed hands three times early in the second set before a 6-0 run helped the Penguins take a 17-12 lead. The Penguins then scored the first five points of the third set and led from start to finish.

Youngstown State will try to improve to 4-0 on Tuesday as it hosts Robert Morris at 6 p.m. at Beeghly Center.