Penguins Drop Four-Set Contest at Robert Morris

Giovanna Kuntze (Photo by Regina Thompson)
Giovanna Kuntze (Photo by Regina Thompson)

Moon Township, Pa. - The Youngstown State volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Robert Morris on Tuesday night at the North Athletic Complex.

YSU (6-5) dropped the first two sets - 25-23 and 25-15 - before winning the third, 26-24. The Colonials (4-7) earned the victory with a 25-15 fourth-set win.

In the first set, YSU rallied from a 17-9 deficit to pull within 20-19 on a block by Valor Haggerty and Giovanna Kuntze. The Penguins were within one on two other occasions at 22-21 and 23-22 and at 24-22, a Sarah Varcolla kill kept the Penguins in the set. However, a kill by RMU's Emma Granger ended the set.

In the second set the contest was tied 2-2 before RMU went on a 12-3 scoring run to open a 14-5 advantage. The Guins stopped the run by scoring the next three points and was able to get as close as 17-11 on an ace by Kuntze. RMU scored the next four points en route to grabbing a 2-0 lead.

In the third the Penguins had to fit off two match points to extend the match to a fourth frame. YSU fell behind 8-4 before rallying to the Colonials at 11. The Guins eventually took 20-18 lead before the Colonials went on a run to go in front 24-22. On the first match point, a hitting error by RMU's Alyson Londot pulled the Penguins within one. YSU tied the set and then took the lead on back-to-back service aces by Morgan Cleevely. The Guins won the set 26-24 on a kill by Aleah Hughes.

YSU trailed 9-8 in the fourth set when RMU scored eight of the next 12 points. Leading 21-15, the Colonials scored the final four points of the set to earn a 25-15 win.

For the match, Margaux Thompson had a team-high 11 kills and a .219 hitting percentage. Hughes added 10 kills while Varcolla had nine. Hughes added 11 digs while Cleevely had three service aces.

Robert Morris hit .313 for the contest while the Penguins hit .178. 

The Penguins are next in action on Friday when they take on Akron. First serve is set for 7 p.m.