WVU-Tech rolls Rio volleyball


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia University-Tech completed a regular season sweep of the University of Rio Grande, cruising to a 3-0 win over the visiting RedStorm, Tuesday night, in River States Conference volleyball action at Van Meter Gymnasium.

The Golden Bears needed just 57 minutes to record their 25-13, 25-9, 25-20 victory.

WVU-Tech improved to 21-6 overall and 5-3 in the RSC with the win.

Rio Grande slipped to 6-15 overall and 2-6 in league place as a result of the loss.

The RedStorm finished with 20 attack errors and just 17 kills in 85 swings as a team, recording a -.035 attack percentage.

Two of Rio’s three lowest attack percentages this season have come against WVU-Tech.

The Golden Bears, on the other hand, finished strong at the net with a .284 attack percentage (39 kills, 14 errors, 88 attempts) and 11 blocks as a team.

Tech also had nine service aces in the victory.

Ana Monterio and Konstantina Pateli finished with a match-high 13 kills and 32 assists, respectively, for the Bears, while Valentina Abondano added a match-best 12 digs to the winning effort.

Sawyer Hawgood accounted for three of Tech’s nine aces and Carolina Bologna had four blocks (3 solos, 2 assists).

Sophomore Baylee Pursifull (New Carlisle, OH) had five kills to pace Rio Grande, while sophomore Ryanne Stoffel (Englewood, OH) had six assists and sophomore Macy Roell (Farmersville, OH) finished with 11 digs.

Freshmen Jess Youse (Pettisville, OH) and Rachel Collins (Chillicothe, OH) had two blocks each in a losing cause for the RedStorm.

Rio Grande returns to action on Friday night when Midway University visits the Newt Oliver Arena for a 7 p.m. first serve.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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

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