Three Post Double-Doubles in 3-1 Loss to Milwaukee

Alexia Byrnes (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Alexia Byrnes (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Milwaukee overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Youngstown State volleyball team in four sets at Beeghly Center on Saturday afternoon. The set scores were 18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-16.

The Penguins hit .289 in the opening set as they took their 1-0 lead, but they were held to .081 over the final three sets. Defensively, YSU forced Milwaukee into 10 errors in the first set but just 13 over the final three.

Three Penguins finished with a double-double in the loss. Alexia Byrnes had 42 assists and 11 digs, Aleah Hughes posted 12 kills and 16 digs, and Margaux Thompson finished with 13 kills and 16 digs.

Carmen Heilemann had 15 kills on a .464 attack percentage, and Jess Grabowski recorded 23 digs to lead Milwaukee, which won for the fifth time in the last six matches.

YSU scored five of the first six points of the match and led for the duration of the first set. After taking the 5-1 lead, the Penguins scored five straight points later in the set once Milwaukee had cut the margin to just 10-9. Hughes had five of her kills in the opening set.

Milwaukee turned the tables in the second set by scoring the first four points and jumping out to a 7-2 lead. The Penguins got no closer than 7-4 the rest of the set.

The Penguins led 11-9 following an Erin Kalahar kill in the third set, but Milwaukee answered with an 8-1 run to go up 17-12. The Penguins countered with six straight points behind Hughes' serve to take an 18-17 advantage, and the margin was within two until the final outcome. YSU tied the score at 21, 22 and 23 on kills by Thompson, Kalahar and Valor Haggerty, but a UWM got back-to-back points on a Kylie Wilks kill and a Shanon Volpis ace to take the set.

The third set was tied at 8-8 before Milwaukee went on an 8-1 run to go up 16-9. The Penguins scored back-to-back points out of a timeout to cut the margin to five, but that's as close as they would get.

Youngstown State will play at Northern Kentucky on Wednesday before returning home for Senior Day on Nov. 4.