KIAC honors RedStorm trio

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

FLORENCE, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande made a clean sweep of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s weekly volleyball awards on Monday, with Aleah Pelphrey, Kayla Briley and Chandler Brown earning Attacker of the Week, Setter of the Week and Defender of the Week honors, respectively.

Pelphrey, a 6-0 sophomore from Piketon, Ohio, put up 34 kills in four matches and 14 sets for an average of 2.43 kills per set. She hit .244 for the week, which included a 4-0 record overall and 3-0 in the KIAC for Rio Grande.

She had five kills in a win at Asbury, nine kills and seven digs in a win at Point Park and 10 kills each versus Glenville State and Midway at home. Pelphrey also chipped in 14 digs and four blocks on the week.

She is currently ranked 10th in the KIAC with a hitting percentage of .235 and 11th in total kills with 265. Her kill total leads the Rio Grande team, which is 23-7 overall and 7-4 KIAC after five straight victories.

Briley, a 6-0 junior from Marion, Ohio, totaled 113 assists in four matches for an average of 8.07 assists per set. She also amassed 46 digs for 3.29 per set and nine total blocks.

In a pair of big, KIAC road wins at Asbury and Point Park, Briley had double-doubles of 30 assists and 10 digs and 20 assists and 19 digs, respectively. She also had 29 assists and eight digs versus Glenville State and 34 assists, nine digs and six blocks versus Midway.

Briley leads the KIAC with 9.3 assists per set, and she is third overall with 942 assists. She ranks 11th in the conference with 3.3 digs per set.

Brown, a junior from Stockdale, Ohio, averaged 5.21 digs per set, while also serving at a .938 percentage and accumulating a .980 reception percentage for the week.

Brown had 11 digs and zero reception errors in 24 attempts in a win at Asbury. She had a week-high 26 digs in victory at Point Park. She followed that up with 16 digs versus Glenville State and 20 versus Midway.

Brown currently leads the KIAC with 5.9 digs per set and is second overall in the conference with 599 digs.

Rio Grande visits Alice Lloyd and also the St. Andrews tri-match this weekend Nov. 6-7 to end the regular season.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing