Golden Eagles fly past Rio volleyball

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The University of Rio Grande suffered its worst attack percentage of the season, allowing the University of Charleston to post a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) win over the RedStorm, Wednesday night, in non-conference volleyball action at the Charleston Catholic High School Complex.

The Golden Eagles, a member of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference, improved to 11-8 with the victory.

Rio Grande, which lost for just the third time in its last 15 outings, slipped to 17-6 overall.

The RedStorm finished with five more attack errors (30) than they had kills (25) and a season-low -.046 attack percentage. The only set of the night which produced more kills than errors was the second (9 kills, 7 errors).

UC didn’t hit the ball particularly well either, tallying a .194 attack percentage. The Golden Eagles also had a whopping 12 service errors.

Sophomore Aleah Pelphrey (Piketon, OH) led Rio with seven kills, while junior Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had 17 assists and two of the team’s three service aces. Junior Chandler Brown (Stockdale, OH) added 16 digs in a losing cause.

Shiann White led the Golden Eagles with nine kills and added 10 digs in the winning effort. Claire Lambert and Melissa Reyes had 15 and 12 assists, respectively, while Payton Logan had 12 digs and Jordan Wittekind added 10 digs of her own.

Lambert also had three service aces for UC.

Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday night – its third match in as many nights – when it hosts Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference newcomer Ohio Christian University for a 7:30 p.m. first serve.

The match was originally scheduled to be hosted by OCU, but the site and the time were changed after repairs to the playing floor at the Maxwell Center forced a change in venue.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing