West records 1,000th dig

Staff report


Erika West recorded the 1,000th dig of her career, and middle blocker Jenna Cavanaugh had a historic day in leading the Youngstown State volleyball team to a sweep of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at Beeghly Center.

The set scores were 25-23, 31-29, 25-20.

West, who transferred to YSU as a sophomore, posted a match-high 22 digs and reached her milestone in the third set. She became the 13th Penguin in school history to record 1,000 digs.

Cavanaugh had 10 blocks, which is the most by a Penguin in a three-set match since rally scoring began in 2001.

YSU came into the week leading the Horizon League in blocks but was held to just two on Friday night against Valparaiso. The Penguins responded with 15 blocks against the Flames. In addition to Cavanaugh’s 10 blocks, Nichele Johnson had eight.

Alexis Egler paced the offense with 13 kills on a .312 attack percentage, and Shannon Watson had 10. Cavanaugh was a kill shy of collecting a double-double with nine kills, and Johnson added eight for the Penguins, who are 11-9 overall and 3-2 in Horizon League play.

Sara Sternard had 15 kills for UIC, which dropped to 6-14 overall and 1-4 in conference play.



Youngstown State junior Eric Rupe took first out of 152 runners in the Disney World Cross Country Classicon to help the men’s cross country team finish first out of Division 1 and second overall out of 19 teams.

The Penguins finished behind Malone.

YSU’s women’s team finished fourth out of 24 teams with junior Anna Pompeo finishing in the top 10 with a sixth place finish.

Rupe ran a personal best of 25:05 in the men’s 8k run beating out Malone senior Nick Fresenko by 10 seconds. It was Rupe’s second first-place finish of the year.

YSU junior Nick Gliha and sophomore Austin McLean finished in the top 15 with Gliha placing 13th with a time of 25:50 and Mclean placing 14th with a 25:52 time.

Sophomore John Hutnyan placed 22nd at 26:33, freshman John Richmond finished 30th (26:58), and freshman Ethan Wilson was 44th (27:34).

Malone finished first with 20 points and YSU was next with 70 points.

Pompeo placed sixth out of 200 runners, missing the Top 5 by four seconds. Her time was 17:45.

YSU’s second-best runner was freshman McKinsie Klim placing 13th (18:26). Monica Ciarniello, Brittany Stockmaster, and Elizabeth Rogenski finished 31-33.

YSU women finished fourth with 112 points.

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