Rio volleyball looking to snap losing slide
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande volleyball team will make another attempt to end its losing slide on Wednesday night, but the task will be anything but easy.
Eighth-ranked Georgetown College will pay a visit to the Newt Oliver Arena to meet the RedStorm in Mid-South Conference play. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.
Rio Grande (1-6 overall, 0-5 MSC) has dropped each of its last four outings, including a 3-0 setback at home against St. Catharine College on Friday night. After dropping the first two sets, the RedStorm jumped to a 15-6 lead in the third stanza before the Patriots reeled off 14 consecutive points to gain the advantage and eventually finish off the sweep.
Junior outside hitter Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH) had a team-high 11 kills in the loss and leads the club for the season with 62, while freshman setter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had 23 assists to run her season total to 182 - a mark that ranks 12th in the league.
Senior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) continues to lead the RedStorm with 87 digs, while freshman right side hitter/middle blocker Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) leads the team with 20 blocks.
Snider’s team-best .205 attack percentage also would be tied for 15th among the conference leaders, but she currently sits three attacks shy of qualifying for the leaders list.
Georgetown (13-4, 4-1) is coming off a 3-1 loss to Grand View (Iowa) in last Saturday’s final match at the Tigers’ own Holiday Inn Express Invitational. Head coach Nick Griffin’s squad split their four outings in the tourney and have dropped three of their last five decisions.
Junior middle hitter Caraline Maher leads GC with 128 kills and a .398 attack percentage, which currently ranks second in the MSC. The 6-foot-0 native of Cincinnati also ranks second on the team and 10th in the league with 42 blocks.
Sophomore setter Lindsey Martindale and junior setter Stephanie Gurren both rank in the league’s top 10 for assists with 271 and 191, respectively, while sophomore defensive specialist Kristen Schellhaas has a team-high 231 digs to rank second in the MSC.
Freshman middle hitter Ashlee Howe also has a team-best 46 blocks for GC.
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