The Youngstown State volleyball team's offense started clicking too late, and the Penguins dropped a three-set match to IUPUI on Saturday afternoon at the Country Financial Redbird Classic. The set scores were 21-25, 21-25, 22-25.
The Penguins had 18 kills and hit .378 in the third set, but they combined for 19 kills and an .053 attack percentage in the first two sets. Still, they were able to battle with the defending regular-season Summit League champions with 19 ties and 14 lead changes over three sets.
YSU libero Nikki Thompson recorded the 1,000th dig of her career against the Jaguars, joining 14 other players in school history to reach the feat. The Indianapolis native finished with 13 digs on Saturday, which led Youngstown State. Lauren Thompson was the top attacker with nine kills, and Lori Vanbeek and she both had two blocks. All-tournament team selection Val Jeffery registered 29 assists, four kills and two aces.
YSU led the opening set 20-17, which was the largest lead for either team up to that point, before IUPUI rallied. Skylar Wright followed a YSU serving error with back-to-back kills to tie the set, and her sixth kill of the set capped a 7-0 run that put the Jaguars up 24-20.
YSU's final lead in the second set was 4-3, and IUPUI had six blocks of its seven blocks in the match in the second sett. Youngstown State was the first team to 20 points again in the third set, but IUPUI rallied again by scoring seven of the final nine points.
Youngstown State's final non-conference tournament of the season will start on Friday at Butler.