Phoenix Sweep Penguins in Offense-Heavy Match

Morgan Tippie (Photo by Regina Thompson)
Morgan Tippie (Photo by Regina Thompson)

The Youngstown State volleyball team had its best offensive performance in almost two months, but Green Bay was even better as the Penguins lost 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 on Friday evening at Beeghly Center.

YSU posted a .255 attack percentage, its best since the season opener, but Green Bay hit .339 in the sweep.

Morgan Tippie led the Penguins with 11 kills in 19 attempts for a .579 attack percentage, and Margaux Thompson had eight kills while hitting .296. Sam Brown posted six kills in 18 attempts without an error, and Lauren Blanco led the defense with 16 digs.

Green Bay had 55 digs, 20 more than the Penguins, and had three players finish in double figures in kills. Roberta Todd had 16 kills and just one error in 31 attempts.

Youngstown State had just seven attack errors in 110 attempts and had kills on 31.8 percent of its attempts. Green Bay had 13 errors, but it had kills on 44.4 percent of its 124 attempts.

Green Bay's only deficit in the opening set was 1-0, and the Phoenix hit .421 on its way to a 25-15 win. YSU scored the first five points of the second set and held the lead until back-to-back kills by Todd put the Phoenix up 19-17. Green Bay ended the set on a 10-3 run.

YSU trailed just 20-19 in the third set after two kills from Tippie and one from Thompson. The deficit was just one again at 23-22 when Green Bay called timeout, and the Phoenix scored the final two points of the match. Setter Maddie Yoss had a kill to set up match point, and the Penguins' only attack error of the third set followed.

Youngstown State will play host to UIC on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Penguins' five seniors will be honored prior to the match for Senior Day.