Briley sets new record at Rio Grande

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The University of Rio Grande volleyball team earned its fifth straight victory, while one of its senior standouts etched her name into the program’s record-book during Tuesday night’s straight-sets win over Carlow University at St. Joseph Hall.

The RedStorm improved to 14-10 overall and 4-3 in the River States Conference with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 rout over the Celtics.

Carlow, which fell to the RedStorm for the second time in four days, dropped to 8-19 overall and 2-7 in the RSC.

The win also featured Rio senior Kayla Briley becoming the program’s all-time assists leader.

She finished with a match-high 36 to surpass the previous school mark of 3,660 held by Kristy Blubaugh, who played from 1996-98.

As for the match itself, the RedStorm led from start to finish in set one and used a 17-0 run to roll to an easy victory in set two.

Set three went back-and-forth and was tied late at 21-21, but Rio recorded the final four points to finish out the sweep.

Senior Autumn Snider and freshman Marley Hanzel of Wheelersburg finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, in the winning effort, while senior Chandler Brown had 16 digs.

Freshman Katie Hemsley — of Jackson — had 10 digs of her own, while Snider also had five blocks (4 solos, 1 assists).

Rio Grande finished with 47 kills compared to the Celtics’ match total of 15.

Kristina Hudock and Kassidy Dickson had six kills each for Carlow, while Michaela Koran had five assists and Mia Marmion had seven digs.

Hudock also finished with seven digs in a losing cause.

Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday afternoon in an RSC Crossover hosted by Ohio Christian University at Circleville High School.

The RedStorm will meet the host Trailblazers at noon, before squaring off with Indiana University East at 2 p.m.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing