Patriots deal Rio volleyball third straight loss
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Morgan Schlatter had a team-high 12 kills and five service aces to go along with 11 digs to lead the University of the Cumberlands to a 3-1 win over the University of Rio Grande, Wednesday evening, in Mid-South Conference volleyball action at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.
The Patriots earned the victory by scores of 25-18, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-22, improving to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the MSC.
Rio Grande suffered its third straight loss, dropping to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in league play.
UC also got 11 kills apiece from Kelsey Eastham and Megan Ganser, while Samantha Stuckwisch added a team-best 35 assists and 12 digs to the winning effort.
Junior outside hitter Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH) led Rio Grande with 13 kills, while freshman Chandler Brown (Beaver, OH) added 12 kills and 15 digs.
Freshman Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had a team- and career-high 41 assists to go along with 10 digs in the losing effort, while senior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) had a game-high 21 digs and sophomore right side hitter/middle blocker Alex Phillips (Williamsport, OH) chipped in with 11 kills.
Rio Grande suffered the loss despite a season high .220 attack percentage, including a .409 mark in the second set.
The RedStorm look to end the losing slide when they open a brief two-game homestand on Friday night against St. Catharine College. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at the Newt Oliver Arena.
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