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VUVB wins one at Blazer Classic

VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University volleyball team was defeated in the first game of day one at the Blazer Classic by John A Logan in four sets; 22-25, 24-26, 25-14, 18-25. VU would bounce back and finish day one with a 3-1 win over Wabash Valley; 25-22, 17-25, 25-14, 25-13.The Trailblazers started day two vs. Walters State and lost 3-1 25-18, 20-25, 18-25, 17-25, and finished the Blazer Classic with a 3-0 loss to D-I #12-ranked Mineral Area; 20-25, 19-25, 13-25.

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John A Logan: The Trailblazers were led by another double-double by sophomore Ryleigh Fidler (Linton, Ind.) who finished the match with 16 digs, a team-high 10 kills, and 2 serve aces. Sophomore Alison Smith (Oakland, Ill.) finished 7 kills. Freshman Breanna Metzger (Tennyson, Ind.) added 5 kills and 2 blocks. Freshman Savannah Grimes (Dieterich, Ill.) led the Trailblazers with 19 set assists and 2 serve aces. Grimes also had 16 digs. Freshman Morgen Tinkle (Rockville, Ind.) finished with 11 set assists. Sophomore Brantli Lannan (Linton, Ind.) led Vincennes with 29 digs, and sophomore Ariana Gentzler (Paxton, Ill.) led VU with 4 blocks in the match.

Wabash Valley: Ryleigh Fidler finished with yet another double-double, with 12 digs and 10 kills. Fidler was also one of five Blazers to have a serve ace with; Brantli Lannan, Savannah Grimes, Alison Smith and sophomore Lauren McCrary (Vincennes, Ind.). Sophomore Grace Doane (Vincennes, Ind.) also finished with 10 kills and added 1 block to her total. Alison Smith and Breanna Metzger each finished with 6 kills, with Smith also adding 18 digs. Savannah Grimes continues to be a team leader in set assists, with 17 in the final match of day one. Morgen Tinkle also came away with 11 set assists. Brantli Lannan led the Trailblazers with 28 digs.

Walters State: Alison Smith and Ryleigh Fidler led the Blazer offensive attack with 10 kills each, followed closely be Grace Doane with 9. Fidler also finished with 21 digs and 2 aces, and Doane also added 7 blocks. Ariana Gentzler led VU with 10 blocks, while Brantli Lannan continues to lead with 23 digs. Freshman Kacee Nicholson (Charleston, Ill.) saw significant action in this match and recorded 12 digs of her own. Morgen Tinkle finished the match with 11 digs and 13 set assists. Savannah Grimes led Vincennes in set assists with 16.

Mineral Area: The trio of Ryleigh Fidler, Breanna Metzger, and Alison Smith led Vincennes with 11, 10, and 9 kills respectively. Grimes and Tinkle held down the lead in set assists with 13 each. Brantli Lannan finished a remarkable weekend with 19 digs, followed by Smith who finished with 13. The Trailblazers were led in blocks by Grace Doane and Ariana Gentzler with 2 each.

VU Coach Gary Sien says. . .
“We need to understand that every game is a big game. We need to be more consistent with our play and, we can’t take matches off. More than half of our losses are against teams we should have beaten. We make way too many errors…it’s hard to win when you’re giving over 30 errors. You can’t change your level of game based on your opponent, you’ve got to play hard against anybody. Until we get that mindset we’re going to keep losing matches that we should win.”

Next up

The Trailblazers will be on the road this week as the travel to Ullin, Ill. to take on Shawnee CC on Thursday September 12th at 6:30 PM eastern. VU will be back at the PE Complex next weekend though, when they host Ancilla College and Joliet Junior College in the first Tri Match of the season on Saturday September 14th.

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