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VU volleyball kicks off season with victory

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. - The Vincennes University volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a four-set victory over Wabash Valley, winning 25-21, 25-8, 22-25, 25-19 on Thursday.

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Both sophomore Ryleigh Fidler (Linton, Ind.) and freshman Morgen Tinkle (Rockville, Ind.) had double-doubles on the first official day of NJCAA competition. Fidler led the Trailblazers with 15 kills and recorded 13 digs. Tinkle notched 21 assists and 10 digs.

Sophomore Brantli Lannan (Linton, Ind.) tallied 38 digs. Sophomore Alison Smith (Oakland, Ill.) contributed 10 digs and nine kills.

Freshman Savannah Grimes (Dieterich, Ill.) served up 14 assists.

Sophomore Ryli Bobbitt (Sullivan, Ind.) collected eight kills and five blocks. Freshman Breanna Metzger (Tennyson, Ind.) also had five blocks.

VU Volleyball Coach Gary Sien says. . .
“Our blocking took over this match as we were not only able to get actual blocks, but we managed to funnel hits to our defenders.”

“The two Rylis/Ryleighs played a nice match as Fidler did it with her hitting and defense, and Bobbitt did it with her blocking and hitting.”

“Morgen Tinkle set a nice match and made some good setting choices. Brantli Lannan - in her first match as a libero for the “U” - was everywhere on defense.”


  • Lannan leads NJCAA Division I with 9.50 digs per set and 38 digs.
  • Fidler ranks second in NJCAA Division I with 3.75 kills per set and 15 kills.
  • The Trailblazers produced 89 digs in the match.
  • VU’s overall record is 1-0 and the Trailblazers are 1-0 in Region 24 play.

Next up

The Trailblazers play in the McHenry County College Invite in Rockford, Illinois on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT against Waubonsee Community College and against Carl Sandburg College at 4:15 p.m. EDT.

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