MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — The University of Rio Grande jumped to an early lead and never looked back, rolling to a 3-0 win over West Virginia University-Tech in non-conference volleyball action, Wednesday night, at the Baisi Athletic Center.
The RedStorm earned the victory by scores of 25-12, 25-13, 25-19 and evened their overall record at 3-3, while the Golden Bears slipped to 0-6. All six of Tech’s losses have been in straight sets.
Rio Grande finished the match with a season-best .217 attack percentage, including a .308 mark in the opening set.
Tech hit just .053 as a team on the night.
Sophomore setter/outside hitter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had a match-high 26 assists to go along with one solo block and four block assists, while sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist Chandler Brown (Beaver, OH) had a match-best 16 digs and four service aces in the winning effort.
Up front, freshman right-side hitter Aleah Pelphrey (Piketon, OH) led the RedStorm with nine kills, while senior outside hitter Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH) and junior middle blocker Alex Phillips (Williamsport, OH) had seven kills each.
Haley Pauley led the Golden Bears with nine kills, while Michala Dean had 22 assists and Chelsea Dean added 14 digs.
Rio Grande returns to action on Friday, traveling to Indiana Wesleyan University for the IWU Labor Day Challenge.
Rio will face Marian, Ind. on Friday at 2 p.m. and St. Francis, Ind. at 6 p.m. before meeting host Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday at noon and tangling with Bethel, Ind. in its final match at 4 p.m.