Penguins Drop Four-Setter to Begin Weekend in Akron

Margaux Thompson (Photo by David Dermer)
Margaux Thompson (Photo by David Dermer)

Akron had four players reach double digits in kills and hit .273 as a team to beat the Youngstown State volleyball team in four sets on Friday at James A. Rhodes Arena. The set scores were 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-14.

Margaux Thompson led the Penguins with 14 kills and just three errors in 44 attempts for a .250 attack percentage. Brooklen Pe'a and Aleah Hughes both had nine kills, and Sarah Varcolla posted eight kills on a .263 clip. Thompson added 11 digs for a double-double, and Hughes had a team-high 20 digs.

Ashley Richardson paced Akron with 14 kills on just 21 attempts, and she did not have an error.

YSU jumped out to a 10-3 lead on a Varcolla kill in the opening set, and the lead grew to 16-6 at one point. Akron closed the gap to 19-16, and the deficit was just one at 24-23 as the Zips staved off YSU's first two set points. Varcolla finished the set with a kill to give YSU a 1-0 lead in the match.

Neither team led by more than two in the second set until Varcolla's kill gave the Penguins a 12-9 advantage. Akron's first three-point lead came at 20-17, and the 25-21 final score was the largest margin for either team in the set. The Zips scored the final three points of the set on back-to-back kills by Shelby Fulmer and one from Richardson.

Akron took control of the match with an 11-2 run in the third set that turned an 8-8 tie into a 19-10 lead. The Zips took the third set 25-16, and they scored 11 straight points in the fourth to take a 24-13 lead.

Youngstown State will play Toledo on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.