URG volleyball routs Wise for first MSC win
by Randy Payton
Special to OVP
WISE, Va. – The University of Rio Grande volleyball team grabbed big leads in the early portion of games one and three and cruised to a 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-16) win over the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Tuesday night, in Mid-South Conference action at the Convocation Center.
The RedStorm, who won for the fifth time in their last six outings, improved to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in league play with the victory.
Head coach Billina Donaldson’s squad jumped to a 10-3 lead in game one en route to a blowout win and scored five of the first six points in the third game on their way to the sweep.
In between, the Highland Cavaliers (2-9, 1-2) kept game two close for a while before Rio pulled away for the victory. Senior outside hitter Whitney Smith had a match-best 13 kills in the winning effort for the RedStorm, while junior setter Kelsey Martin had a match-high 32 assists. Both players also had two service aces.
Junior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg collected a team-high nine digs, while freshman middle blocker Alex Phillips had a match-best five blocks.
UVA-Wise was led by India Dillard with 10 kills, while Brittani Altmann had 21 assists. Linsey Burke and Nyasia Williams finished with 12 and 11 digs, respectively, while Autumn Chisenhall and Allison Ring had two blocks each.
The Highland Cavaliers had nearly as many hitting errors (22) as they did kills (24) and finished with a .020 hitting percentage.
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