Volleyball Begins Second Half at Milwaukee on Friday

YSU Volleyball (Photo by Regina Thompson)
YSU Volleyball (Photo by Regina Thompson)

The Youngstown State volleyball team will begin its second loop through Horizon League play this weekend with a trip to Wisconsin. The Penguins will play at Milwaukee on Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern, and they'll play at Green Bay on Saturday at 3 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, and live stats will be linked on YSUsports.com.

Recapping Last Week: YSU dropped a pair of three-set matches last week, falling at Northern Kentucky last Wednesday and to UIC at Beeghly Center on Friday. The opponents gained advantage in different ways against the Penguins as NKU posted a .337 attack percentage, and UIC held YSU to a minus-.019 attack percentage. That was the lowest mark by the Penguins since Sept. 21, 2010. 

Jeffery Closing in on 3,000 Assists: Youngstown State senior setter Val Jeffery has 2,954 assists in her Penguins career. She is just 46 shy of becoming the fifth player in program history to reach 3,000. Jeffery is averaging 9.91 assists per set over her career, which is the second-best clip in school history. Jeffery transferred to YSU as a sophomore after spending her freshman year at High Point. She posted 117 assists at HPU, which gives her 3,071 total assists in her collegiate career.

Brown is Two Kills from Second 200-200 Season: Junior outside hitter Sam Brown is two kills away from reaching 200 kills and 200 digs in the same season for the second time in her career. Brown has 198 kills and 207 digs in 2016 for averages of 2.41 kills and 2.52 digs. Her digs average is the highest of her career. In addition to having her second 200-200 season, Brown would have 200 kills for the third straight season to start her career. Only seven Penguins in school history have had at least 200 kills in their first three seasons – Ruth Boscaljon – 2006-09; Lexi Egler – 2011-14; Amy Hermann – 1994-98; Kristen Meech – 1998-2001; Amber Nagy – 1997-2000; Jill Raslevich – 1992-95; Vickie Robinson – 1996-99.