RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande had just nine attack errors, while also tallying nine service aces en route to a straight sets win over West Virginia University-Tech, Tuesday night, in non-conference volleyball action at the Newt Oliver Arena.
The RedStorm, who completed a season sweep of Tech with their third win in as many tries, improved to 10-3 with the 25-15, 25-20, 25-14 win.
The Golden Bears (1-13) suffered their fifth straight loss.
Rio Grande led just 9-6 in the opening set before using a 12-3 run to pull away, while a 15-5 run to close out set two erased a 15-10 Tech advantage.
The RedStorm scored the first four points of the final set before the Golden Bears closed to within 10-9.
Rio, however, reeled off eight straight winners and closed out the contest on another 15-5 spurt which was punctuated by a match-ending kill by sophomore Madison Wilson (Groveport, OH).
The RedStorm finished with 40 kills and a sizzling .356 attack percentage.
Wilson was part of a trio of players with a match-high eight kills. The group also included junior Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) and freshman Brooke Bostelman (Kenton, OH).
Junior Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had a match-high 33 assists and shared team-high honors in blocks with senior Alex Phillips (Orient, OH) — both had three.
Junior Chandler Brown (Stockdale, OH) had 12 digs to lead all players, while sophomore Kylan Strausbaugh (Kingston, OH) finished with six service aces.
WVU-Tech finished with just five more kills (22) than it did attack errors (17) and managed just a .055 hitting percentage.
Keyonna Morrow had seven kills to pace the Bears, while Jaymee Hannan had nine assists and Madeline Gilson tallied 11 digs.
Rio Grande returns to action on Friday when Indiana University-Southeast visits for a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.
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