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VU Volleyball grabs 12th win with straight-sets victory at Rend Lake College

INA, Ill. - The Vincennes University Volleyball Team registered its sixth straight win and improved to 12-1 on the season with a straight-sets victory Monday night at Rend Lake in Ina, IL.
 
The Trailblazers bested the host Warriors (4-7) by scores of 25-13, 25-10, 25-21.
VU was led statistically by eight kills each by sophomore Kaeli James and freshman Gabrielle Medrado. In addition, sophomores Lindsay Persico and Kassidie Hayes both had seven kills. Madrado turned in 16 assists and freshman Cali Topolski chipped in with 14.
Sophomore Abigail Bergman registered 13 digs, supported by freshman Hanna Bullock’s nine digs. Bullock also served four aces and sophomore Jordan Sprinkle and Topolski finished with three aces each. Freshman Genesis Milisde had two solo blocks.
VU took command in the first two sets with long runs of unanswered points and then pulled away from a close set in the third to close it out.
 
In the first set, the Trailblazers had opened up a 13-7 advantage and forced Rend Lake to call timeout. After the timeout, VU traded points with the Warriors to make it 14-8 and the Trailblazers then outscored Rend Lake 11-5 the rest of the way - including a tear of six straight points - featuring two vicious kills by sophomore Kaeli James and a smash by sophomore Kassidie Hayes - to put the opening set in the books. The set was capped off by two straight serves by sophomore Jordan Sprinkle that weren't returned.
 
Set No. 2 featured a rampage of 14 unanswered VU points, culminating in an ace by freshman Hannah Bullock for the 25th and deciding point. Five straight points pushed the Trailblazers out to a 15-9 lead and rend Lake called timeout. After the timeout, VU reeled off six more to make it 21-9. The Trailblazers eventually reached set-point on a kill by freshman Genesis Milisde and Bullock's serve made it official that VU was up 2-0 on Rend Lake.
 
The third set saw VU get in front, 15-8 on a hit by Hayes, but the Warriors went on a five-point run of their own to make it 15-13 VU. A kill by VU sophomore Lindsay Persico stopped the Rend Lake scoring and gave VU a 16-13 lead, but the smash didn't turn the momentum back in the Trailblazers' direction. Rend Lake played VU tight until the set became tied at 18-all. The Trailblazers pulled ahead, 20-18, but the Warriors knotted it up again at 20-all.
 
That's when VU got things back in hand and finished off the match. The Trailblazers scored on the next rally and began to add on with a Hayes kill. A Warriors hitting error added the next VU point to make it 23-20 before VU committed a hitting error its own. With the score 23-21, Persico hammered home another kill and on the next returned serve from the Rend Lake side, freshman Cali Topolski set the ball for freshman Gabrielle Medrado to smash a ball along the line for the match point.
 
The Trailblazers return home Thursday to host Lake Land. That match begins at 7 p.m. "Vincennes time," one hour later than the original scheduled time.
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