Hanceville, AL – The Vincennes University Trailblazers Volleyball team picked up 3 wins over Catawba Valley Community College, Mississippi University for Women, and Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette, but fell to host Wallace State in their final match of the Wallace State Fall Bash Tournament.
In the first match, the Lady Blazers faced off against the Red Hawks of Catawba Valley Community College. VU looked sharp in their first match, toppling CVCC in 4 sets: 18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22.
Sophomore Gabrielle Medrado recorded her 11th triple-double in a Vincennes Uniform with monster numbers. She recorded 12 kills, 25 set assists, and 20 digs. Fellow Sophomores Genesis Milisde and Hannah Bullock also recorded season-highs in their respective categories as well. Milisde rained-down 16 kills, and Bullock racked-up 30 digs.
Freshman Brooke Lasher added 9 kills. Sophomore Cali Topolski chipped in an impressive 17 set assists, sophomore Abby Bigler and freshman Allison Ruddick rounded-out the digs column with 12 & 11 respectively.
Coach Sien said after the 1st match, “Catawba Valley went out to a great start. They efficiently ran their quick offense against us. We settled down with our blocking and service to take away those offensive options. It certainly helps our offense to get Cali Topolski back after a month due to an injury. During that time, we could only use Gabrielle Medrado to set. Her hitting is a crucial part of our offense, and that was evident tonight as she recorder her 11th career double-double.”
In the 2nd match of the tournament, Vincennes swept the Mississippi University for Women: 25-11, 25-9, 25-5.
“We got it going from the start, and put MUW away quickly due to efficient play. It was a great opportunity to get almost everyone playing time this evening, and really enjoy this atmosphere.” Said Coach Sien.
The Trailblazers were led in kills by freshman Baylee Lippincott with 6, freshman Jilean Cooper-Watson with 5, and sophomore Sydney Nurrenbern with 5. Medrado again led the team in assists with 15, while Hannah Bullock and Allison Ruddick topped the digs column with 8 & 7. Both Sydney Nurrenbern & Baylee Lippincott recorded 3 blocks to round-out the stat-line for the Trailblazers against MUW.
However, the Lady Blazers were come off of a solid game-2 victory into what turned out to be an absolute nail biter against Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette.
Vincennes got off to a slow start, finding themselves behind 2-0 in sets early after dropping set one 24-26, and dropping set two 23-25. The team came together, and regrouped in the 3rd. The Blazers battled their way to a tight set 3 victory, 25-23, and rode that momentum to a set 4 victory, 25-21. Set 5 was anyone’s game, but a great tandum attack from sophomores Gabrielle Medrado and Genesis Milisde gave the Trailblazers just what they needed to topple Coastal Alabama-Minette Bay 15-10 in set 5 to take the game.
Gabrielle Medrado narrowly missed her 12th triple-double in a Vincennes Uniform, but again, had outstanding numbers. She recorded a season-high 22 kills, 24 assists, and 9 digs. Sophomore Hannah Bullock was one off of her season-high with 29 digs. Freshman Allison Ruddick recorded a season-high 23 digs. Sophomores Genesis Milisde and Cali Topolski recorded season-highs as well. Milisde racked-up 19 kills, and Topolski 21 set assists. Topolski would also add 9 digs. Baylee Lippincott, sophomore Yasmene Leath, and Genesis Milisde would also record season-highs in blocks with 6, 5, & 5.
After what was an exhausting 5-set match against Coastal Alabama-Minette Bay, the Trailblazers had a short turn around to play a very good Wallace State Lions team.
The Blazers fell in 4 to the Lions: 19-25, 19-25, 25-19, 19-25.
Medrado again narrowly missed her 12th career triple-double with 10 kills, 15 assists, 9 digs, and 2 service aces. Genesis Milisde led the Blazers in kills with 12, while Topolski led the team in digs with 17. Topolski was also 2nd on the team in assists with 14. Hannah Bullock & Allison Ruddick chipped in 13 & 14 digs a-piece, while Baylee Lippincott again led VU in blocks with 4.
Coach Sien said after the tournament, “It was an interesting tournament schedule. After playing a 5-set, 2.5 hour match that we came from behind to win, we had to go right into another match against a very tough team, with no break. However, we had a good weekend overall. We showed a lot of resilency coming from behind to win twice during the tournament, and we looked very composed throughout as a team. Gabrielle Medrado played outstanding the whole tournament, recording a triple-double in one match, and narrowly missing it in the other three. We leave Hanceville with a 26-and-6 overall record, and have some good momentum going into Mineral Area next week.”