RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande coughed up a commanding early lead before rallying late to post a 3-2 win over Kentucky State University, Tuesday night, in non-conference volleyball action at Bell Gym.
The RedStorm earned the match victory by scores of 25-14, 25-20, 18-25, 24-26, 15-13, improving to 13-15 overall with a third consecutive win.
Kentucky State, an NCAA Division II school, slipped to 19-17 with the loss.
Rio Grande scored 13 of the final 15 points to win the opening set and led most of the way en route to a set two victory, but the Thorobreds never trailed in set three and scored the final three points of set four to force a fifth and deciding set.
KSU jumped to a 4-1 lead in the final set and held an 11-9 advantage before Rio Grande scored six of the final eight points - including the final three - to rescue the victory.
The RedStorm had just seven attack errors in the first two sets combined, but committed 18 miscues over the final three games. Head coach Billina Donaldson’s squad finished with a .188 attack percentage for the match.
The Thorobreds had a .176 attack percentage for the match, but struggled both early and late in particular, combining for just 14 kills against 12 errors in sets one and five.
Freshman right-side hitter/middle blocker Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) led Rio Grande with 14 kills to go along with one solo block and seven block assists, while junior outside hitter Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH) also had 14 kills, four block assists and two service aces.
Freshman setter/outside hitter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) added 42 assists in the winning effort for the RedStorm, while senior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) and freshman outside hitter/right-side hitter Chandler Brown (Beaver, OH) had 21 and 10 digs, respectively, and sophomore defensive specialist Dani Brannon (Atwater, OH) also had two service aces.
Emily Grieshaber and Latosha Scott had 14 kills each to pace Kentucky State, while Anjelique Kyle had a match-best 45 assists and three service aces.
Tianna Presley-Askew and Micah Rogers had 18 and 12 digs, respectively, in a losing cause for the Thorobreds.
Rio Grande wraps up the regular season portion of its schedule on Thursday night with a trip to Mid-South Conference rival Shawnee State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.