Red Wolves outlast URG volleyball

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Indiana University-East spotted the University of Rio Grande a quick lead, but rallied to outlast the RedStorm for a 22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 win, Tuesday night, in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball action at the Newt Oliver Arena.

The Red Wolves earned their third straight victory, improving to 15-11 overall and 5-1 inside the KIAC.

Rio Grande, which had a five-match winning streak snapped, slipped to 15-5 overall and 3-3 in league play.

The RedStorm led for nearly all of its opening set win, while IU-East used a 10-2 spurt midway through the second set to pull away.

Rio rallied from an early 6-1 deficit to take a 23-21 lead – with the serve – in set three, but the Red Wolves scored each of the final four points to grab the match lead.

Set four was a back-and-forth affair as well. IU-East ran off three straight winners to snap a 20-20 tie, but the RedStorm returned the favor to knot the score at 23-23.

The Red Wolves forced a service break to get to match point and then got a Mallory Livingston kill to finish things off.

Livingston finished with a match-high 16 kills and added 17 digs in the win, while Sydney Durham finished with 12 kills and four blocks.

Abbey Ketchem had a match-best 43 assists to go along with 12 digs, while Madison Yoder and Hannah Best had 25 and 20 digs, respectively.

Sophomore Madison Wilson (Groveport, OH) and redshirt freshman Brooke Bostelman (Kenton, OH) led Rio Grande with 12 and 11 kills, respectively.

Junior Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had 40 assists and 10 digs, while junior Chandler Brown (Stockdale, OH) had a match-high 37 digs. Sophomore Kylan Strausbaugh (Kingston, OH) and freshman Trista Lackey (Jacksonville, OH) added 15 digs each in a losing cause, while junior Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) had three blocks.

Rio Grande returns to action Wednesday night, hosting Salem (W.Va.) International in a non-conference match. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

The Tigers, a member of the NCAA Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference, brings a three-game losing streak and a 5-12 record into Wednesday’s match.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing