Rio Grande Sports Information
CINCINNATI, Ohio - When it comes to avenging losses, there's no better time to do so than in the post-season.
The University of Rio Grande volleyball team took that notion to heart Friday night.
The RedStorm started fast and then took advantage of error-prone play from Indiana University Southeast to post a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-19) win over the Grenadiers in the quarterfinal round of the River States Conference Tournament at Cincinnati Christian University's Jill Rendel Court.
Rio Grande, which suffered a 3-1 loss in the regular season meeting between the two schools, improved to 23-13 with the victory and advanced to Saturday afternoon's semifinal round for a meeting with Indiana University Kokomo.
IU Kokomo punched its ticket to the semifinals with a straight sets triumph over WVU-Tech.
IU Southeast finished its season at 23-14 with the loss.
Rio Grande, the East Division No. 2 seed, trailed twice early in set one - at 1-0 and 2-1, before reeling off five straight winners to take a lead it would never relinquish.
The RedStorm had four straight points to snap a 10-10 tie in set two and the Grenadiers got no closer than three the rest of the way.
IU Southeast had more attack errors than it did kills in each of the first two sets, but the Grenadiers rebounded to snare a 15-10 advantage in set three.
However, Rio Grande finished strong by scoring 15 of the final 19 points to seal the match victory.
Freshman Patricia Dennis (Celina, OH) had five of her match-high 13 points during the victory-clinching surge. She was the only player in the match to reach double figures in kills.
Senior Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had a match-high 25 assists in the winning effort for Rio, while junior Aleah Pelphrey (Piketon, OH) and senior Chandler Brown (Stockdale, OH) added 12 and 10 digs, respectively.
Freshman Rachael Gilkey (Nelsonville, OH) was also part of four blocks - 2 solos, 2 assists - for the RedStorm.
IU Southeast, which tied for second in RSC's West Division, was led at the net by Monica Loftus with seven kills. As a team, the Grenadiers finished with as many attack errors (27) as they did kills.
Hannah Barker added 22 assists in the loss for IUS, while Loftus and Natalie Keene had 10 digs each.
Saturday's semifinal schedule begins with Cincinnati Christian battling Asbury at 10 a.m., with the Rio-Kokomo match slated for a 12:30 p.m. first serve.
The two winners will play for the title - and a berth to the NAIA National Tournament - at 3:30 p.m.
Live video for all matches is available on a pay-per-view basis at portal.stretchinternet.com/rsc. Live statistics are available at http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10.