Volleyball Gets Three Two-Point Wins in Sweep at Duquesne

Marketa Plesingrova (Photo by Regina Thompson)
Marketa Plesingrova (Photo by Regina Thompson)

The Youngstown State volleyball team won three two-point sets to sweep Duquesne 26-24, 25-23, 25-23, at the Duquesne Invitational on Saturday.

All-tournament team selection Margaux Thompson hit .282 with a match-high 15 kills while adding 16 digs, and fellow all-tournament team member Alexia Byrnes tallied 41 assists. Four Penguins finished with at least 10 digs with Marketa Plesingrova posting a match-high-tying 17, Aleah Hughes and Thompson registering 16 and Byrnes adding 10.

Youngstown State improved to 5-2 on the season while Duquesne dropped to 2-3.

The Penguins held the edge statistically in everything but blocks, leading the Dukes 49-41 in kills, .218-.215 in attack percentage, 4-3 in aces and 72-65 in digs.

Thompson and Plesingrova combined for 11 of YSU's 20 kills in the opening set as it outlasted the Dukes 26-24. YSU led 12-8 after a Thompson kill, and Duquesne's first lead didn't come until 19-18. Duquesne eventually built a 24-21 lead, but YSU ended the set with five straight points. A Thompson kill gave the Penguins a side out, and Plesingrova followed with a kill to stave off another set point. Back-to-back bad sets gave the Penguins a 25-24 lead, and Thompson ended the set with a kill.

There were 14 ties and five lead changes in the second set, and the score was within two points the rest of the set after Duquesne led 10-7. With the score tied at 23-23, Morgan Tippie's kill gave the Penguins a set point, and an attack error allowed them to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Youngstown State never trailed in the third, and the only time the score was tied was at 1-1. A Varcolla kill gave the Penguins their second five-point lead in the early part of the set at 10-5, and YSU led 21-17 later. Duquesne got within a point at 21-20, 22-21 and 24-23 before another Varcolla kill came on match point.

YSU will play three matches in a tournament at Virginia next weekend. After playing the Cavaliers on Friday, the Penguins will play George Mason and UNC Wilmington on Saturday.