UIC outlasted Youngstown State in a long third set and held on to beat the Penguins in four sets on Saturday afternoon at Beeghly Center. The set scores were 25-13, 21-25, 28-26, 25-19.
Erin Kalahar had a career-high 12 kills in just 19 attempts, and Morgan Tippie was solid again with nine kills in 18 attempts. Lauren Blanco had 15 digs, and Sarah Varcolla registered seven blocks. Youngstown State finished with nine blocks as a team but was hurt by 14 serving errors.
Kyisha hunt had 17 kills, and Alexandria Hick posted 13 for UIC.
UIC pulled away midway through the first set by turning a 9-7 lead into an 18-10 advantage. Youngstown State evened the match by winning the second set 25-21. Varcolla had four of her blocks in that set, including on back-to-back points as YSU went on an 8-3 burst.
There were 12 ties and five lead changes in the third set, which saw YSU rally from a 19-14 deficit only to fall 28-26. Down 19-14, YSU stormed back to take a 22-21 lead after a Varcolla ace. The Penguins had three set points but came up empty all three times. Youngstown State ran out of subs at the end of the set, which resulted in players being out of position, and UIC escaped 28-26.
UIC built a 5-1 lead in the fourth set, and YSU was never able to catch up.
Youngstown State will play its next three matches on the road, starting with a contest on Friday at IUPUI.