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YSU volleyball team sweeps St. Peter


Sophomore Margaux Thompson had 14 kills and 20 digs to help the Youngstown State volleyball team sweep Saint Peter in the 2018 season opener at the Bucknell Invitational .

It was YSU’s first match under head coach Aline Scott.

Thompson had 12 of her kills over the final two sets as YSU earned consecutive 25-20 wins. The Penguins had to battle back from a 22-18 deficit in the first set and outlasted the Peacocks 28-26.

Aleah Hughes, playing in her first match since 2016, had five of her 14 kills in the opening set, and Reis Zandier posted 23 digs in her first contest at libero. Redshirt freshman setter Alexia Byrnes registered 37 assists in her collegiate debut.

YSU will play two matches today, beginning with a contest at 10:30 a.m. against NJIT. The Penguins also will play the host Bison at 5 p.m.

YSU women’s soccer team falls to Buffalo


The Youngstown State women’s soccer team fell to Buffalo 3-0 on Friday night at Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex.

The Penguins fall to 0-2-1 while the Bulls improve to 1-1-0.

After a scoreless first half, Buffalo got the scoring started in the 67th minute when Gurjeena Jandu scored on a free kick to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead. Buffalo extended their lead in the 79th minute on a goal from Gianna Yurchak, which was assisted by Carissima Cutrona and Tess Ford. The Bulls pushed their lead to 3-0 in the 88th minute on a header from Kaitlyn Walsh.

The Penguins registered 14 shots and eight shots on goal but Buffalo’s goalkeeper Emily Kelly denied YSU from scoring.

YSU is back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday when it hosts Canisius.

Scrappers hold on late to top Black Bears


The Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and held on late for a 4-3 win over the West Virginia Black Bears at Eastwood Field.

The Black Bears would put the tying run at third with two outs, but Luis Araujo slammed the door shut for the win.

Mahoning Valley got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Tyler Freeman singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. Hosea Nelson followed with an RBI single to left for the early lead.

Freeman would get things started in the third inning with a single. A balk would move Freeman to second. He would then come in to score on and RBI single from Henry Pujols. Michael Cooper would bring Pujols in with an RBI single. The final run of the inning would come on an RBI single from Jason Rodriguez.

Cameron Mingo started and took a no decision in 3.2 innings of work. He allowed two unearned runs on seven hits.

Randy Valladares (5-0) earned the win in 2.2 innings of relief. He allowed just two hits and struck out five.

Comcast, Fox agree to keep Big Ten Network

Comcast and the Fox Networks Group announced they have reached an agreement for the cable carrier to continue to make the Big Ten Network available to its customers.

The companies announced Friday they also agreed Comcast will carry all Big Ten games that are shown on Fox’s all-sports network, FS1. The standoff between the two companies threatened to leave Comcast customers in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin without cable access to some of their teams’ games.

Xfinity customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia will also continue to get BTN.

Comcast customers outside Big Ten states can access the BTN in a premium package of channels.

Staff/wire report

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