Brown Becomes 13th Penguin to Record 1,000 Kills

Sam Brown (Photo by Regina Thompson)
Sam Brown (Photo by Regina Thompson)

Senior Sam Brown became the 13th player in Youngstown State volleyball history to record 1,000 career kills in the Penguins' match Saturday at Northern Kentucky.

Brown's milestone kill came on a tip from setter Libbie Darling that made the score 10-9 in the first set. The Penguins lost that first set 25-23, and the Norse proceeded to beat YSU 25-22 in each of the final two sets.

Brown matched her season high with 13 kills, and she had just one error in 27 attempts for a .444 attack percentage. She finished the day with 1,010 kills, which ranks 11th in YSU history.

Fellow senior Lauren Blanco notched 27 digs, which is the most ever by a Penguin in a three-set rally-scoring match. Sarah Varcolla added nine kills and seven blocks.

YSU blocked 10 Northern Kentucky attacks and hit .232 as a team, but NKU had eight more kills than the Penguins and registered nine aces. Kaelin Gentile had 15 kills without an error in 20 attempts to pace the Norse offensively.

The match had 19 ties and eight lead changes, and YSU was ahead with the score in the 20s in all three sets.

Youngstown State's first lead of the match came at 23-22 when a Margaux Thompson kill ended a 9-4 run by the Penguins. NKU called timeout, and it proceeded to score the final three points of the set on back-to-back kills and its fourth ace of the set.

NKU then scored the first five and eight of the first nine points of the second set, but YSU rallied to take a late lead again. With the Penguins down 21-17, Brown had three straight kills to cap a 5-0 run that put YSU up 22-21. NKU scored the final four points of the set.

Youngstown State led 11-8 after a block by Varcolla and Valor Haggerty, and a Varcolla kill put it up 18-15 later in the third set. Brown's final kill gave the Penguins their final lead of the night at 21-20, and NKU ended the match on a 5-1 burst.

Youngstown State will play at Cleveland State on Saturday at 4 p.m.