Penguins Sweep Canisius to Earn Split in Buffalo


Outside hitters Abbie Householder and Paula Gursching both recorded double-doubles to help the Youngstown State volleyball team sweep Canisius on Friday at the Koessler Athletic Center. The set scores against the Golden Griffins were 26-24, 25-14, 25-16.Canisius Golden Griffins Embroidery Machine, Basketball Team Embroidery Files, NCAAM Embroidery Design, Embroidery Design Instant Download

Householder collected her first career double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs, and Gursching had a match-high 16 kills and 12 digs. That duo’s 28 combined kills came on just 56 attempts, and Householder and Gursching combined to hit .410 from the left pin.Campbell Fighting Camels Embroidery Machine, Basketball Team Embroidery Files, NCAAM Embroidery Design, Embroidery Design Instant Download

The win over Canisius was the first road victory of the season for YSU, which is now holds a 4-4 record. The Penguins dropped a four-set match at Buffalo earlier on Friday as part of the Western New York Invitational that Canisius and Buffalo are co-hosting.

Ella Loussia had 11 kills in 43 attempts to lead Canisius.

Youngstown State had a 45-28 edge in kills, outhit the Golden Griffins .261 to .110, recorded a 12-5 advantage in aces, and had a 59-45 win in the digs column.

After Canisius built a 6-2 lead in the opening set, Youngstown State scored four straight points to tie the set at 6-6. Canisius answered with a 3-0 run to take a 9-6 advantage, but that was the final gap of more than two points for the remainder of the set. YSU led 23-21 following a Householder kill, but the Golden Griffins scored the next three points to have an opportunity to win the set. Kiyah Franklin had a kill to allow the Penguins to tie the score at 24, and a Canisius attack error and a Gursching kill followed to give YSU a 26-24 win.

Canisius led 13-10 in the second set as it tried to even the match, but the Penguins flexed their muscles by scoring 15 of the next 16 points to win 25-14. The bulk of the points came on Isidora Sisic’s serve, whose stay at the service line started with the score at 13-11 and concluded with it 22-14.

YSU also closed the third set strong as Canisius trailed just 12-11 after a Loussia kill. Gursching countered with a kill for a sideout, and YSU went on to end the day on a 13-5 run.

Against Buffalo on Friday morning, Youngstown State took the opening set 25-18 but dropped the next three sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 in the four-set loss.

Gursching led all players with 15 kills and six aces, and she also had a match-high 43 attempts. Josi Borum filled the box score with 12 assists, nine digs, eight kills and six blocks, and Sisic recorded 13 digs from the libero position.

Emma Gielas, Abby Leigh and Courtney Okwara had 13 kills apiece for Buffalo, which improved to 6-2 with the victory. Buffalo had 20 more kills on 25 more attempts than YSU, and the Bulls had 28 attack errors compared with 16 for the Penguins.

Youngstown State hit a respectable .202 and recorded 11 blocks, which was its second-highest total of the season. YSU also had just four serving errors, which was five better than its previous season-low.

Gursching had five kills and five aces in the first set alone, and Youngstown State’s final deficit of the set was at 2-1. Gursching’s first kill gave the Penguins a sideout to tie the score, and they scored four straight points to go up 4-2. YSU then built its lead to five on three occasions before Buffalo tied the set at 13 and 14. But the Penguins responded to score nine straight points behind Gursching’s serve to go up 23-14. The sophomore outside hitter started the run with a kill, and she had four aces from the service line during the nine-point burst. Her fifth kill of the set came from the back row on set point.

The Bulls responded by scoring the first five points of the second set, and Youngstown State never caught up. The Penguins got as close as three four times in the second half of the set, including as late as 21-18, but could never get closer. Leigh and Katrin Trebichavska had back-to-back kills to push the margin to 23-18 and start a 4-0 run to end the set for UB.

Buffalo hit .344 to offset a .296 attack percentage for YSU in the third set, and the Bulls added five aces as it won 25-22 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Bulls led 7-3 when Julianna Lopez served four straight aces, but the Penguins went on a 10-3 run to take a 13-10 advantage. Youngstown State’s lead was 14-11 when the Bulls answered with an 8-2 run to take a 19-16 advantage. The Penguins closed the gap to one at 20-18, and the score was 23-21 before the Bulls scored two of the final three points.

YSU led 3-0 after a Franklin kill in the fourth set, but Buffalo scored seven of the next eight points to take a 7-4 advantage. The Bulls did not trail again, but YSU made a late push to shave a 16-9 deficit down to 23-20.

Youngstown State has one more match in Buffalo this weekend as it will take on Bucknell at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Canisius.

Outside hitters Abbie Householder and Paula Gursching both recorded double-doubles to help the Youngstown State volleyball team sweep Canisius on Friday at the Koessler Athletic Center. The set scores against the Golden Griffins were 26-24, 25-14, 25-16.Canisius Golden Griffins Embroidery Machine, Basketball Team Embroidery Files, NCAAM Embroidery Design, Embroidery Design Instant Download Householder collected her…

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