YOUNGSTOWN – A balanced effort both offensively and defensively propelled Toledo (4-3) to a 3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-6) triumph over Youngstown State (3-3) on Saturday. The contest was the UT's final match at this weekend's YSU Invitational and gave the Midnight Blue and Gold a 3-0 mark in five-set matches this season.
Senior OH Jordan Kielty led four Rockets in double figures with 13 terminations. She was joined by senior RSH Becca Reidy (12 kills), senior OH Lauren Rafdal (11 kills) and senior MB Dakota Harkins (10 kills). Toledo utilized a 6-2 offense for a second-straight outing with senior Adria Pryor collecting 28 assists and sophomore Alex Hines adding 18 helpers.
UT also distributed its digs fairly evenly with five Rockets reaching double digits. Rafdal and freshman libero Ellen Hays tied for the team lead with 15 and were followed by Hines (13), Pryor (12) and Kielty (10).
Harkins also made her presence felt at the net defensively with a team-high eight blocks. Junior MB Brooke Frazer and freshman RSH Mary O'Connor also were key contributors with five rejections each.
"It was a good win for us on the road against a tough, hard-nosed opponent," Head Coach Greg Smith said. "We're definitely making progress, and every match has been a learning experience for us."
Toledo gained control of the match-deciding fifth set early by scoring five straight points to take an 8-3 advantage. The closest the Penguins could come the rest of the way was four points.
UT returns to action next weekend with a trip to the West Coast for the Portland/Oregon State Challenge. The Rockets will face the Pilots at 2:00 p.m. and Beavers at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 followed by a 7:00 p.m. matchup vs. UC-Davis on Saturday, Sept. 14.