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Volleyball Falls to Youngstown State in Season Opener

August 30, 2014


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Ashley Ring led all players with 12 kills, but it was Youngstown State who opened up the 2014 campaign with a 3-0 victory over the Purple Aces volleyball team on Friday afternoon at Curb Event Center on the campus of Belmont University.
In her debut with the Aces, freshman Genesis Miranda tallied nine kills while Meaghan Holmes finished with four.  Kim Deprez totaled 14 digs while Lorena Marquez finished with a team-high 26 digs.
Aly Ryan led Youngstown State with 11 kills while Lexi Egler tallied 10.  The Penguins hit .271 while the Aces checked in at .158.  YSU also tallied 41 kills with UE coming in with 31.
Evansville posted the opening tally in the first frame, but the Penguins roared back, reeling off six points in a row as Egler had two kills forcing the Aces into their first timeout.  UE made its own run, getting within a pair at 14-12 as Ashley Ring notched a kill.  Youngstown punched back, going up by six points before earning the 25-20 win on another Egler kill.
The Aces put together another solid set in the second game, but in the end, it was the Penguins earning another 25-20 win.  Miranda served the Aces to a 3-0 advantage; the lead later grew to 5-1 on a Penguin error.  YSU player Val Jeffery had her own luck servicing as she helped YSU post three in a row en route to their first advantage at 7-6. 
A Sam Brown tally saw YSU go up 10-7 before the Aces utilized a 6-2 run to go up by a score of 13-12 with Miranda posting two kills in the run.  The back-and-forth action continued before the Penguins took the lead for good at 20-19 before Shannon Watson posted the set-finishing kill.
In the third set, Evansville started off strong once again.  Three YSU errors saw the Aces jump out to a 10-7 advantage.  With the Aces up 11-8, the Penguins took control, finishing the set on a 17-6 run to finish off the match.  Their offense found its rhythm, posting five kills in a row along with two service aces.
Tomorrow, the Aces finish up the season-opening weekend with a pair of matches at Curb Event Center.  Evansville takes on Kennesaw State at 11:30 a.m. before squaring off against host Belmont at 6 p.m.

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