YSU volleyball falls to IUPUI in five sets
The Youngstown State volleyball team had an efficient night offensively but fell in five sets to IUPUI on Wednesday evening at Beeghly Center. The set scores were 18-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-22, 15-9.
Setter Libbie Darling had a career-high 48 assists, and the Penguins had their highest hitting percentage in Horizon League play at .242. Darling added 10 digs to collect her first double-double of the season. Aleah Hughes and Brooklen Pe'a both had 17 kills, and Aimee Beaupre added a career-best 11 kills.
IUPUI's Allie Pogue notched a match-best 19 kills, including four in the fifth set as the Jaguars overcame a 2-1 deficit in the match.
Youngstown State scored seven of the first eight points of the match and went on a 9-2 run later in the first set to cruise to a 25-18 win. IUPUI, though, never trailed in the second set and used a five-point run midway through to turn a 14-14 tie into a 19-14 lead. The Jaguars tied the match with a 25-21 win.
Pe'a had five kills, including four in the final seven points, on nine attempts in the third set to lead the Penguins to a 25-17 win. IUPUI responded by starting the fourth set on a 9-1 run, and Youngstown State got as close as one three different times before falling 25-22. A Pe'a kill cut the margin to 20-19 for the final one-point difference, and a Hughes kill gave the Penguins a chance at 24-22. IUPUI setter Rhiannon Schuenemann got a kill on set point to knot the match.
The Penguins never led in the fifth set, and the last of four ties came on a Hughes kill that made the score 4-4. IUPUI scored the next four points as part of a 9-2 run that ended up being the difference.
Youngtown State will play at Green Bay on Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Source: Youngstown State University