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Volleyball Defeats Millikin, Concordia Chicago on Friday at DePauw

Volleyball Defeats Millikin, Concordia Chicago on Friday at DePauw

Rose-Hulman 3, Concordia Chicago 0 - BOX SCORE
Rose-Hulman 3, Millikin 1 - BOX SCORE
Rose-Hulman vs. Muskingum - Sat., Sept. 15 - Noon - LIVE STATS
Rose-Hulman vs. Calvin - Sat., Sept. 15 - 4 pm - LIVE STATS

GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology opened the DePauw University Invitational with a sweep of two matches on Friday, including a victory over a team receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 poll.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman hit .349 for the match in a 25-17, 25-11, 25-12 victory over Concordia Chicago.  The team's most impressive offensive set was the second, as Rose-Hulman hit .583 with just one error as a team in the set.

Bailey MacInnis led the Fightin' Engineer offense with nine kills.  Katie Orbeta had a standout all-around match with 17 assists, 10 digs, five service aces and seven kills at a .600 hitting percentage.

Grace Beach joined Orbeta with seven kills in the opener.  Defensively, Katryna Dahlberg had a team-high 22 digs and Maria Bruner recorded five total blocks (two solo, three assist).  Marissa Gollnick also contributed 16 assists and three blocks to the performance.

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman battled its way to a 29-27, 19-25, 27-25, 25-19 victory over perennial national contender Millikin.  The Fightin' Engineers earned a tight set one win, then later rallied from 24-21 down to win the critical third set.

MacInnis led the offense with 14 kills.  Gollnick added six kills and a team-high six block assists.  Bruner contributed five total blocks and Mia Styczynski contributed four total blocks to a strong front row performance.

Orbeta paced the Engineers with 22 assists and added 11 digs.  Dahlberg had a team-high 30 digs.  Adekite Oladipupo and Gollnick added 14 and 10 digs, respectively.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-3 with its fifth consecutive win, while Concordia Chicago dropped to 4-6 and Millikin is 4-5.  The Fightin' Engineers will face Muskingum and No. 1 ranked Calvin on Saturday at the DePauw Invitational.

* Muskingum is off to a 6-1 start to the campaign.
* Calvin is ranked No. 1 nationally by the AVCA with a 7-0 record.