Rio Volleyball Earns First Win Of Season

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The Rio Grande RedStorm won their first game of the year with a three-set sweep 25-8, 25-16, 25-15 against the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears.

“My biggest fear was that we would play down [to their level],” said head coach Billina Donaldson.

The Golden Bears kept the RedStorm in check early in each set but Rio finished strong. West Virginia Tech trailed 6-7 early in the first but Rio dominated the rest of the set by scoring 14 of the last 16 points to win the first set 25-8.

The second set was more of the same. The Golden Bears came within two points of Rio early in the set, but the RedStorm remained relentless. Rio only gave up 12 more points in the set to take it by a score of 25-16.

Rio trailed early in the third set, 4-7, but the RedStorm came back to tie the game at 10-10 and they would not trail the rest of the match. The RedStorm took 15 of the last 20 points to win the set and the match by a score of 25-15.

“Everybody did well,” said Donaldson.

Donaldson specifically pointed out the play of freshman Sam Ousley. She complimented her young outside hitter’s performance as Ousley came up with two key kills in the match.

The RedStorm (1-2, 0-1) have their first road game of the year on Saturday, Sept. 7, against the Campbellsville (Ky.) Tigers. The match is set for 1 p.m. in Campbellsville, Ky.