Penguins Use Late Surges To Knock Off Panthers
Oct. 20, 2012
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Missy Hundelt had 17 kills as Youngstown State rode late surges in the third and fourth sets to claim a 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.
The Panthers hit a solid .255 for the match and neither team could claim a decided edge defensively, with the contest finishing even in digs (51-51) while YSU collected two more blocks (9-7). But, the Penguins made decisive plays when it counted, rallying from a big deficit to win the third frame before surging to break the 16th tie of the fourth set.
YSU (13-10, 3-6) also got 12 kills from Alexis Egler, 11 from Jenna Cavanaugh and 10 from Jackie Carlisle.
"It was an improved effort from last night and we did some positive things," Milwaukee head coach Susie Johnson said. "But at this point teams know they have an opportunity to beat us and they are taking advantage of it. Teams are finishing strong and we're having trouble getting it done at the end of sets, and that's where we are coming up a little bit short in a lot of the matches."
YSU pulled out a hard-fought win in the first set. After Milwaukee claimed an early 6-4 advantage, Youngstown clawed back to build a 16-13 lead. UWM responded with kills by Maggie Dunbar and Kolinske along with an ace from Arianna Wiersma to tie the frame at 16, but the Penguins answered with the next three points to take the lead back for good. UWM did pull back within two points a number of times, including at 24-22 on a Kolinske kill. But a kill by Shannon Watson put YSU ahead in the match.
The Panthers evened things up with a win in the second set. Milwaukee took the lead for good at 10-9 on a kill by Maggie Dunbar and went up 14-11 on a kill by Kolinske. YSU never got closer than two points after that, and a kill by Dunbar pushed the Milwaukee edge up to 22-16. The Penguins did close to within 23-20 but a kill by Egerer and an ace by Anna Bartz tied the match at a set apiece.
The Penguins used a big run late to pull out the third set. Milwaukee took a 7-6 lead on a Kolinske kill and eventually went up 13-8 after two kills from Egerer and a YSU error. The Panthers still led 18-13 after a YSU service error and 20-16 on a kill by Egerer. UWM's lead was 21-18 following another Egerer kill but the Panther offense then went quiet as the Penguins stormed back. YSU took the lead for good at 22-21 on a UWM error and eventually closed out the set on a kill by Egler.
YSU then finished off the match with a tight win in the fourth set. Milwaukee had a 16-15 lead after a kill by Dunbar and led 18-17 on a block by Hannah Blanchard and Neuberger. But the Penguins took the lead for good at 22-21 on a kill by Carlisle and eventually led 24-22 on a push-kill by Casey D'Ambrose. Milwaukee fought off one set-point on a kill by Kolinske but Egler answered with a kill to close things out.
Milwaukee has just one match next week, making the trip to Green Bay Friday for a battle with the Phoenix.