Thirteen Aces Lead Volleyball to Five Set Win Over UIC
Youngstown -- Thirteen aces, 21 kills from Missy Hundelt and a double-double from Alexis Egler led the Youngstown State volleyball team to a 3-2 win over UIC on Saturday at Beeghly Center (25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 20-25, 16-14).
Hundelt had 12 of her kills and hit .333 in the final three sets, which was actually after the Penguins had built a two-set lead. Egler added 11 kills and 10 digs to help offset 33 kills from UIC's Kelsey Safranek. Safranek's 80 attempts were the most by any player in the Horizon League this season.
Safranek had 17 errors, but she had help with 18 kills from Nicole Allgood and 11 from Aubrey Sniegowski.
The first set had five ties and two lead changes, but UIC's last lead was 4-3 after a Safranek kill. The Penguins scored the next four points to go up 7-4, and they pulled away late after UIC cut the lead to one. Hundelt had a kill to make the score 24-20, and she teamed up with Jenna Cavanaugh for a block on set point.
YSU had to rally in the second set, which featured four ties and two lead changes. UIC led 14-10 after a Hundelt attack error, but the Penguins scored the next six points and never trailed again. Cavanaugh started the run with a kill, and Egler ended it with a kill of her own. Safranek had a kill for the side out, and an Allgood kill tied the score at 16. Safranek's serving error gave the serve back to the Guins, and Hundelt's ace started a three-point run. Hundelt had kills for YSU's 24th and 25th points.
YSU led 13-7 in the third after back-to-back aces from Chelsea Guerrieri, but UIC mounted a rally and tied the score at 16. The Flames took their first lead at 18-17 when Allgood and Janise Dismuke combined for a block, and they did not trail again.
The Flames led 7-2 early in the fourth and held a 17-10 advantage later in the set. YSU trimmed the deficit to four before losing 25-20, and Hundelt had five kills the rest of the way as the Penguins built momentum for the final set.
The Penguins had four aces in the fifth set, and Hundelt's third ace in four chances gave them a 10-4 advantage. UIC answered with a 7-1 run to tie the score at 11, but Carlisle had a kill out of a timeout to keep the Guins from falling behind. The score was tied again at 13 and 14 before a kill by Hundelt and an error by Safranek resulted in a 16-14 YSU win.
Youngstown State will remain home to host Green Bay on Friday at 7 p.m.