Red Storm volleyball routs Pikeville
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande raced to a 6-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back, cruising to a 3-0 win over the University of Pikeville, Monday night, in Mid-South Conference volleyball action.
The RedStorm completed its season sweep of the Bears by scores of 25-20, 25-12 and 25-13.
Rio Grande improved to 9-13 overall and 3-9 in the MSC with the victory.
Pikeville (13-14, 2-10) actually rebounded from the early game one deficit to take a 12-11 lead, but Rio Grande scored each of the next two points to take a lead it would not relinquish throughout the rest of the match.
Game two was tied at 4-4 before the RedStorm reeled off 20 of the next 23 points to take control. Head coach Billina Donaldson’s squad recorded 13 kills and no errors in its first 16 attacks during the set.
Rio Grande also used an 11-1 run in game three to open up an 18-7 lead and led by no less than nine points en route to finishing off the match.
The RedStorm finished with a .245 attack percentage for the match, including a .370 mark in set two.
The Bears, who had their second-lowest attack percentage of the season in the earlier loss to Rio (-.059), finished with a -.057 mark in Monday night’s setback with just 24 kills compared to 30 errors in 106 attacks.
Junior outside hitter Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH) and sophomore right side hitter/middle blocker Alex Phillips (Williamsport, OH) led the RedStorm with nine kills each, while freshman setter/outside hitter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had 27 assists and senior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) was credited with 10 digs.
Freshman right side hitter/middle blocker Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) added four blocks and sophomore outside hitter/right side hitter Logan Gowen (Akron, OH) had a pair of service aces for Rio Grande.
Sydney Hall had eight kills in the loss for UPike, while Dominique Melvin had 19 digs and Sydney Morris tallied 11 assists.
Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday night, traveling to conference foe Bluefield (Va.) College. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.
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