Volleyball teamdefeats Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Sophomore Colleen Royer recorded a double-double with a career-high 21 kills and 17 digs to lead the Youngstown State volleyball team to a 31-33, 30-28, 32-34, 30-21, 17-15 victory Tuesday over Pittsburgh.
The Penguins (9-8), who snapped a five-match losing streak, had 10 service aces and were able to capitalize on 10 of Pittsburgh's serving errors while recording 15 team blocks. Senior Kristen Meech and sophomore Laura Svette each had eight blocks to lead the way.
"Svette and Meech teamed up for three crucial blocks in a row in game five to help us come back from an 11-14 deficit to win the match," YSU coach Joe Conroy said.
Meech, Annie Buschur and Svette posted double figures in kills with 16, 15 and 11, respectively, while junior Cameran Drake paced the Penguins with 20 digs.
Senior Melissa Lyczkowski had 58 assists and eight digs.
Youngstown State faces Wright State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Beeghly Center.
Meech notches500 blocks
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State volleyball player Kristen Meech reached a career milestone. The 6-foot-3 middle hitter became the first player in school history to record 500 career blocks.
Meech, who owns the school's single-season and career blocking records, now has 507 career blocks and has recorded 61 blocks this season for an average of 1.22 per game, which ranks fifth in the Horizon League.
She is also in pursuit of her 1,000th kill, needing 76 to reach that mark.
Penguin golfers14th in tourney
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Youngstown State women's golf team finished 14th out of 17 teams at the rain-shortened Marilyn Smith Sunflower Invitational Tuesday.
The Penguins finished with an 18-hole total of 337. Oklahoma won the event with 306. The tournament's first day of competition of 36 holes was canceled because of rain.
Stephanie Matasek paced YSU with an 80 to tie for 26th place. Lori Hatcher tied for 48th with an 84, while Gina Abruzzino tied for 50th with 85, Jennifer Grossie tied for 77th with 88 and Elizabeth Sabatino tied for 85th with 92.
Soccer teamfalls to Howard
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Freshman Raneika Bean scored two goals to help lead Howard University to a 5-1 win over the Youngstown State women's soccer team Tuesday.
The Bison (8-3) outshot the Penguins 18-5. Goalkeeper Christine Handte had seven saves for YSU (1-15).
The Penguins will next play a home match against Robert Morris on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.
Chaney graduateleads Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Chaney High graduate Anthony Floyd, who had three interceptions against Southern Mississippi last season, moved into second place on Louisville's career list with his 15th pickoff Tuesday as the Cardinals won 24-14.
Louisville's offense started the season by covering for the Cardinals' shaky defense.
On Tuesday night, it was the other way around.
Michael Josiah and Dewayne White combined for five sacks, and Louisville held Southern Mississippi to 7 rushing yards in the victory.
The Cardinals (6-1, 2-0 Conference USA) scored 16 points off three Southern Mississippi turnovers and beat the Eagles for the second straight year.
Finamore, Dibo,McElroy honored
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mike Finamore of Boardman, Gaby Dibo of Poland and Ed McElroy of Chaney were named the Butler Wick Scholar Athletes of the Week.
Finamore, a 5-foot-9, 145-pound senior end/defensive back scored two touchdowns, one on a 75-yard kickoff return and another on a 95-yard reception and had four solo tackles to take Steel Valley Conference honors. He also has a 3.2 grade point average.
Dibo, a 6-1, 275-pound defensive tackle, had four sacks and 11 tackles for losses for the Bulldogs and took Metro Athletic Conference honors. The senior carries a 3.12 grade point average.
McElroy, the 5-11, 175-pound senior running back, rushed for 145 yards on nine carries and scored five touchdowns to take City Series honors. He carries a 2.4 grade point average.
Racing canceled
CHESTER, W.Va. -- Racing at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort was canceled Tuesday night because of poor track conditions.
Browns make trade
BEREA -- The Cleveland Browns traded Stalin Colinet, who started all 16 games last year on the defensive line, back to the Minnesota Vikings for a future draft pick.
Colinet, picked up by Cleveland in a 1999 trade with Minnesota for defensive tackle Jerry Ball, had his playing time significantly reduced this year. He has played in all five games, but registered four tackles and no sacks.
Lawsuit settled
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway's lawsuit against CART over a canceled race last spring was settled for an undisclosed amount.
The inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 was canceled two hours before it was to start April 29 because drivers complained of dizziness after practices earlier in the weekend.
Vindicator staff/wire reports