Volleyball Bounces Back to Sweep Green Bay

Val Jeffery (Photo by Dustin Livesay)
Val Jeffery (Photo by Dustin Livesay)

The Youngstown State volleyball team had a high-character victory on Saturday afternoon with a sweep at Green Bay. The set scores were 25-23, 25-16, 26-24.

A day after the Penguins let a 2-0 lead slip away at Milwaukee, YSU controlled most of the match against the Phoenix. Youngstown State did not trail in either of the first two sets, and it scored the final three points in the third set to complete the victory.

Lori Vanbeek had nine kills and a match-best six blocks, and Aly Ryan posted eight for the Penguins, who outhit Green Bay .270 to .136.

"We had a great team effort tonight," YSU head coach Mark Hardaway said. "The focus, communication and determination from point one to the final point was outstanding. I'm so proud of how we bounced back after last night. We have been so close the last couple of weeks, and it was nice to see our players' hard work pay off."

Megan Powers had 16 of Green Bay's 40 kills, and Jillian Bauer registered 27 digs.

Youngstown State scored the first three points and eight of the first 11 in the first set, and it never did relinquish the lead. The Phoenix tied the score at 14 and 15 before scored the next four points to go ahead for good. Sarah Varcolla had kills on YSU's last two points and four kills in the set.

YSU then scored 10 of the first 12 points in the second set, and it led by at least six for the remainder of the set. Ryan, Vanbeek and Lauren Thompson all had three kills, and YSU hit .302 in the set.

The third set featured 14 ties and three lead changes, and neither team led by more than two until Youngstown State went ahead 18-15 on a Ryan kill. Green Bay came back to tie the score at 20, and the Phoenix went ahead 24-23 on an ace by Bauer. Bauer followed her ace with a serving error, and a block by Sam Brown and Vanbeek completed a three-point run to end the match.

Youngstown State will begin a season-long four-match home stand that will extend to Nov. 10. The first match in the stretch will be against Cleveland State on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.