Rio volleyball swept by No. 15 Blue Raiders
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
COLUMBIA, Ky. — Nadelina Nesheva had a match-high 21 kills and three service aces to lead 15th-ranked Lindsey Wilson to a 3-0 win over the University of Rio Grande, Thursday night, in Mid-South Conference volleyball action at the Biggers Sports Center.
The Blue Raiders improved to 12-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play with the 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 win.
Rio Grande suffered its third straight loss, dropping to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the MSC.
Nesheva fueled a dominant performance at the net for Lindsey Wilson, finishing with three more kills as an individual than the RedStorm tallied as a team.
The Blue Raiders finished with 47 kills overall and a dazzling .493 attack percentage, while Rio Grande had just 18 kills and a .063 attack percentage.
Lindsey Wilson also enjoyed a 6-1 cushion in total blocks.
Rio trailed just 12-9 in the opening set before Lindsey Wilson scored 13 of the final 17 points to post the win.
Game two was deadlocked at 8-8 before the Blue Raiders used a 10-1 run to take control. The RedStorm twice drew within six points, but got no closer.
Rio cut an early seven-point deficit in game three to just four, 18-14, but Lindsey Wilson again finished strong with seven of the final nine points to secure the match.
The Blue Raiders had a .565 attack percentage in the final set, finishing with 15 kills and just two errors among their 23 attacks.
Alexa Just added a match-best 32 assists and six digs in the winning effort, while Sarah Anderson and Kaily Moorhead had three block assists each.
Rio Grande was led by junior outside hitter Betsy Schramm’s (Marietta, OH) seven kills and two aces, while freshman setter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had 16 assists and senior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) was credited with six digs.
The RedStorm returns to action next Wednesday when they travel to the University of the Cumberlands for a 5 p.m. first serve.
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