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Rose-Hulman Volleyball Splits Pair to Open 2018 Season

Rose-Hulman Volleyball Splits Pair to Open 2018 Season

Rose-Hulman 3, Central 1 - BOX SCORE
Chicago 3, Rose-Hulman 0 - BOX SCORE
Rose-Hulman vs. North Park - Saturday Sep. 1 - 10:00 AM CT (LIVE STATS)
Rose-Hulman vs. Cornell College - Saturday Sep. 1 - 2:00 PM CT (LIVE STATS -- VIDEO)

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The 2018 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team opened the season with a split at the University of Chicago Invitational on Friday, highlighted by the first career coaching victory for Rachel Sellari. 

In the opener, the Fightin' Engineers hit over .400 in each of the final two sets to defeat Central 20-25, 25-23, 25-14, 26-24.  Marissa Gollnick led the Fightin' Engineers with 13 kills and added 12 assists and three blocks.  Bailey MacInnis reached double figures with 11 kills along with seven digs and three blocks.

Katie Orbeta paced Rose-Hulman with 27 assists and five service aces.  Maria Bruner led the front line defense with six total blocks, and Katryna Dahlberg recorded a team-best 17 digs.  

Offensive support in the opener included Mia Styczynski with eight kills, and the duo of Orbeta and Grace Beach with six kills each.

Sellari, most recently the assistant coach at DePauw University, picked up her first career head coaching victory in the opener.  She was named Rose-Hulman head coach in January.

In the opener, Chicago picked up a 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 victory over the Fightin' Engineers.  Chicago enters the season receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national top 25 poll.

Styczynski led the offense with six kills in the nightcap.  MacInnis and Orbeta recorded five kills each.  Gollnick contributed 15 assists to the offense, and Orbeta had 11.

Dahlberg recorded a team-high 28 digs, and four players had one block assist for the defensive effort.

Rose-Hulman returns to action with two matches on Saturday, against North Park and Cornell (Iowa), at the University of Chicago.