MONTREAT, N.C. — The University of Rio Grande volleyball team wrapped up its two-day run at the Volley in the Mountains Classic on Saturday with a loss to Shawnee State and a win over Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
The RedStorm (3-1) suffered a 25-20, 25-18, 26-24 to the rival Bears before rebounding to defeat the RedHawks in straight sets by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 25-17.
Junior Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had 31 assists and 10 digs to pace Rio in its winning effort, while sophomore Aleah Pelphrey (Piketon, OH) had a match-high 13 kills and junior Chandler Brown (Stockdale, OH) finished with 18 digs.
Freshman Taylor Overly (Chillicothe, OH) added four service aces in the victory, while junior Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) and sophomore Madison Wilson (Groveport, OH) had two blocks each.
Martin Methodist (0-4) got four kills each from Blaise Winterburn and Belen Albertos-Asencio and 16 assists from Mariana Campos in a losing effort.
Briley had 24 assists and three blocks in the loss to Shawnee State, while Brown had a match-high 21 digs and Snider had a team-high eight kills. Pelphrey equaled Briley for team-high honors with three blocks.
Shawnee State (3-1) was led by Bonnie Huesing’s 34 assists and 18 digs by Madison Smith. Briana Wiget had 11 kills and 13 digs for the Bears, while Christina Shelton 11 kills and 12 digs.
Rio Grande will get the chance to avenge when it returns to action at Shawnee State on September 3, at 6 p.m., at Waller Gymnasium in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande.