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VU Volleyball grinds out another 3-0 victory at Sinclair, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23

DAYTON, Ohio – The Vincennes University Volleyball Team claimed its third consecutive straight-sets victory Thursday night when the Trailblazers topped host Sinclair by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-23.

VU (3-0) overcame several runs by the Tartan Pride and bent at times but never broke – even when Sinclair held a lead late in the third and decisive set.

Freshman Genesis Milisde recorded 10 kills, followed by sophomore Kaeli James with seven kills. Freshmen Cali Topolski and Gabrielle Medrado led the receiving efforts with 15 and 13 assists, respectively, while freshman Hannah Bullock finished with 10 digs. The Trailblazer stat sheet for the match was also highlighted by Topolski’s three service aces, and Medrado and sophomore Jordan Sprinkle turned in three blocks each.

**STATISTICS FROM VU VOLLEYBALL VS. SINCLAIR

The Trailblazers led throughout the opener and held an 18-14 advantage when Sinclair, which was playing its season-opening match, was forced to call a timeout to try to regroup. After the timeout, Topolski’s serve was handled and followed by James’ kill. James' smash was followed by a combo block by freshmen Erica Kik and Medrado, which stretched the lead to 20-14 and VU seemed to be in command.

VU eventually extended the lead to 23-17 and prompted another Tartan Pride timeout. But the break in action was too little, too late, as the Trailblazers held steady for the 25-19 win.

In the second set, the Trailblazers were victimized by a couple of breakdowns in communication and found themselves on the short end of an 11-9 score. When VU began to make so ground and pushed the lead to 15-11, Sinclair again signaled timeout. This time, the break and discussion in the huddle made a difference for the Tartan Pride and VU found itself fending off a run that closed the gap to 16-15 Trailblazers.

Unable to shake loose from Sinclair, the Trailblazers were up 22-19, but yielded two straight points on a Sinclair kill and service ace to find themselves again clinging to a one-point lead at 22-21. At that point, sophomore Kassidie Hayes answered with a kill and Medrado blocked a Tartan Pride hit to bring VU to set point at 24-21. But the second set was far from secured. Sinclair scored and a VU smash went wide-left to tighten the score yet again at 24-23 before the Trailblazers closed out the second set.

The Trailblazers got on the board first in the third set but the Tartan Pride then went up 5-3 and led until VU tied it at 8-all on another Kik/Medrado combo block. VU went on a tear of its own to push the lead to 11-8. The momentum was short-lived, however, and the Trailblazers were outscored 5-2 to knot the score at 13-13. Two more consecutive Sinclair points brought about a VU timeout with the Tartan Pride up 15-13.

Sinclair kept its grip on the lead until VU tied it up at 17-17 and 18-18. The Trailblazers wrestled away the lead at 19-18 on a Sinclair service error, added another point on a serve by sophomore Abigail Bergman and tacked on two more points – the last on a kill by sophomore Lindsay Persico that staked VU to a 22-18 advantage.

The Trailblazers withstood four straight points by Sinclair and were tied with the Tartan Pride at 22-all when another Persico kill stemmed the Sinclair run. The pesky Tartan Pride tied it up yet again at 23-all but a Medrado kill brought VU to match-point and the Trailblazers then claimed the difficult straight-sets decision.

VU will continue its travels in Ohio by heading to Owens Community College in Toledo for the Owens Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Trailblazers will take on the host Express at 11:45 a.m. Friday and then return to the floor at 5 p.m. to face Grand Rapids. On Saturday, VU is scheduled to go up against Lansing at 10 a.m. and then play Monroe at 1:30 p.m. (that time is a change from the original 5 p.m. match time)

Looking at upcoming action for the Trailblazers, Mineral Area has been added to the field for the Sept. 9 and 10 Blazer Classic at the VU P.E. Complex. Wallace State-Hanceville will still play VU at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the P.E. Complex.

·    The complete schedule for the Blazer Classic is now as follows:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
MAIN FLOOR:

4 p.m. VU vs. Glen Oaks
6 p.m. Wallace State vs. Lake Land
8 p.m. Lake Land vs. VU
REC CENTER:
4 p.m. Malcolm X vs. Wallace State
6 p.m. Glen Oaks vs. Mineral Area
8 p.m. Mineral Area vs. Malcolm X
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
MAIN FLOOR:

10 a.m. Malcolm X vs. Lake Land
12 p.m. VU vs. Malcolm X
2 p.m. Mineral Area vs. VU
REC CENTER:
10 a.m. Glen Oaks vs. Wallace State
12 p.m. Wallace State vs. Mineral Area
2 p.m. Lake Land vs. Glen Oaks

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