The Youngstown State volleyball team forced Pittsburgh to a 26-24 final score in the first set before falling in straight sets to the Panthers at the Fitzgerald Field House on Friday evening. The set scores were 26-24, 25-14, 25-13.
The Penguins had nine blocks in the opening set and finished with 17 in the match, which is the most by the team since having a school-record 18 against Iona in 1999. Aly Ryan led the effort with seven block assists, and Lori Vanbeek and Lauren Thompson both had six total blocks.
Pittsburgh's offense still managed to post 50 kills, 27 more than Youngstown State's total, and the Panthers had just three attack errors that weren't a result of YSU's block. Pitt held a .288 to .074 edge in attack percentage.
Freshman Sarah Varcolla led YSU's offense with eight kills, and Ryan finished with six kills.
Kadi Kullerkann posted 10 kills and seven blocks to lead Pittsburgh, which improved its record to 3-1.
Youngstown State will play two matches at Duquesne on Saturday. The Penguins will play the Dukes at noon and Colgate at 4:30 p.m.