Aleah Hughes had 17 kills and 23 digs, and Marketa Plesingrova came off the bench to post nine kills in 17 attempts to lead the Youngstown State volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Wright State on Friday evening at Beeghly Center. The set scores were 25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 25-22.
Hughes had seven more kills than any other player in the Penguins' home opener, and her 23 digs were a team high. She had eight of those kills in the third set to help YSU win its first league match and snap a six-match losing skid.
Plesingrova hit .471 while adding six digs and three blocks in just two sets, and Sarah Varcolla was in on eight of YSU's 10 blocks. Giovanna Kuntze led the offense with 39 assists, and she added two aces.
Teddie Sauer and Celia Powers had 10 kills, and Jenna Story posted 28 digs for Wright State.
With the score tied at 15 in the opening set, YSU went on a 6-1 run to go up 21-16. Wright State rallied to get within one three different times before Brooklen Pe'a and Margaux Thompson had back-to-back kills to give the Penguins a 25-22 win.
Wright State held YSU to eight kills in the second set as it won 25-16 to even the match at the break.
Following a several-minute delay due to a bat in the gym, Hughes and Varcolla carried the Penguins to a 25-21 win in the third set. YSU's lead was 15-14 when the Penguins scored seven straight points to seize the momentum. Varcolla had back-to-back blocks to give YSU a 21-14 lead, and she followed that by slamming an over pass inside the 10-foot line to put the Penguins up by eight. Wright State made a small run to cut the margin to three before Hughes' eighth kill of the set gave YSU a 2-1 lead in the match.
Wright State led 9-5 early in the fourth set, but the Penguins rallied behind Hughes' serve and built a 17-11 lead following a 12-2 run. Plesingrova had three kills in that stretch, and she had seven total in the set. YSU had its first match point at 24-19, and Hughes finished the match once the Raiders had gotten within 24-22.
Youngstown State will try to go 2-0 on the weekend as it hosts IUPUI on Saturday at 4 p.m.