Rio volleyball wins 1st RSC match

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande’s first River States Conference volleyball win was nearly a wire-to-wire effort.

The RedStorm trailed just once the entire night — on the first point of the third set — and cruised to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-11) triumph over West Virginia University-Tech Tuesday night at the Newt Oliver Arena.

Rio Grande snapped a three-match losing slide with the win, improving to 10-10 overall and 1-3 in the RSC.

The Golden Bears dropped to 12-11 overall and 1-4 in league play with the loss.

Rio Grande dominated along the net from start to finish, committing just 10 attack errors on the night and collecting 15 team blocks (13 solo, four assists).

The RedStorm finished with a .324 attack percentage for the match, while Tech hit just .103 and managed only two team blocks (1 solo, 2 assists).

Rio Grande bolted to a 6-1 lead in the first set and an 8-3 advantage in set two.

The Golden Bears served up the first point of set three, but the RedStorm regained the edge by scoring six of the next eight points and finished things off with a 11-2 spurt that blew things open.

Junior Aleah Pelphrey and freshman Rachael Gilkey had 10 kills each for Rio Grande, while seniors Kayla Briley and Chandler Brown had 34 assists and 17 digs respectively to lead the winning effort.

Gilkey was also part of a match-high eight blocks (seven solo, one assist), while senior Autumn Snider had five solo blocks of her own.

WVU Tech was led by Bailey Lotozo’s 10 kills and 20 assists from Konstantina Pateli.

Roytihala Brown added 12 digs in a losing cause.

Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday night when Mount Vernon Nazarene visits for a non-conference match.

First serve is set for 7 p.m.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing