Volleyball Falls in Three at Virginia

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

The Youngstown State volleyball team couldn't keep up with a hot-hitting Virginia squad on Friday morning as the Penguins dropped the opening match of the Jefferson Cup in straight sets. The scores were 25-10, 25-21, 25-13.

The Cavaliers posted 20 more kills than the Penguins and outhit YSU .367-.040. Youngstown State was forced into a negative attack percentage in two of the three sets.

Aleah Hughes led YSU with six kills, and Margaux Thompson registered 12 digs. Hughes and Thompson both had a pair of blocks as well.

Sarah Billiard had 13 kills, and Chino Anukwuem had eight kills in 11 attempts to pace Virginia.

After dropping the opening set 25-10, YSU was much more competitive in the second. The Penguins trailed just 11-10 after a solo block by Thompson, and they went on a run late to get within a pair. Virginia built its lead to 21-14, but YSU went on a 6-1 spurt to make the score 22-20. The teams traded kills to keep the margin at two, and the Penguins had errors on the next two points to allow Virginia to win 25-21.  The Cavaliers scored eight of the first nine points in the third set en route to the sweep.

Youngstown State will play two more matches in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. The Penguins will take on George Mason at 11 a.m., and they'll follow that up with a contest against UNC Wilmington at 3:30 p.m.