MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — A trio of players had eight kills each, while two others added seven kills apiece to lead a balanced attack in the University of Rio Grande’s straight sets win over West Virginia University-Tech, Tuesday night, in non-conference volleyball action at the Baisi Athletic Center.
The RedStorm picked up the victory by scores of 25-19, 25-15, 25-18, running its overall record to 5-2.
WVU-Tech, which also dropped a straight sets decision to Bluefield State College earlier in the night, slipped to 0-5 with the loss.
The match – one of three between Rio and the Golden Bears this season – did not count toward the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. The RedStorm’s return trip to Tech on Sept. 23 will be match which counts in the KIAC standings.
Sophomore Madison Wilson (Groveport, OH), senior Alex Phillips (Orient, OH) and junior Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) all had eight kills for Rio, while freshman Taylor Overly (Chillicothe, OH) and sophomore Aleah Pelphrey (Piketon, OH) had seven kills each as the RedStorm ruled the play along the net.
Rio finished with a .299 attack percentage for the match, while Tech had only four more kills (24) than it did attack errors (20) for a .039 attack percentage.
Rio Grande never trailed and was tied just once – at 1-1 – in set one, while reeling off seven straight points to erase an 11-6 deficit in set two and kick start a 19-4 set-ending run.
The Golden Bears were within 16-14 after a service error by Rio freshman Brooke Bostelman (Kenton, OH) in set three, but the RedStorm closed things out by scoring nine of the final 13 points.
Junior Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had a match-best 32 assists and two service aces, while junior Chandler Brown (Stockdale, OH) had a match-high 17 digs.
Mackenzie Snare had eight kills and Jaymee Hannan had nine assists to lead the Golden Bears in a losing cause, while Keyonna Morrow finished with a team-high 10 digs.
Rio Grande returns to action next Tuesday, making the long road trip to Owensboro, Ky. for a KIAC get-together with Brescia University. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.
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