Rio volleyball splits two with Lourdes

Randy Payton Special to OVP

October 14, 2013

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande volleyball team came up short in its bid of a weekend sweep of Lourdes University after the Gray Wolves posted a 3-1 win over the RedStorm on Saturday at Owens Community College.

The 26-24, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22 victory came after Rio Grande recorded a 3-1 win of its own on Friday night by scores of 25-22, 29-27, 24-26, 25-21.

The weekend split left Rio with an overall record of 8-13, while Lourdes is now 12-9.

Stephanie Richards fired down 20 kills to lead the Gray Wolves in Saturday’s win, while Angie Pagan-Perez and Keyonna Gregory added 17 and 14 kills, respectively.

Allegra Recknagel contributed 57 assists to the winning effort and Michi Jimenez chipped in with 24 digs. Recknagel also had 13 digs, while Pagan-Perez and Richards totaled 10 digs each and Andrea Brown had four blocks.

Rio Grande got a team-high 15 kills from junior outside hitter Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH), while freshman right-side hitter Miranda Clark (Beaver, OH) and freshman right-side hitter/middle blocker Autumn Snider (Mario, OH)had 12 and 11 kills, respectively.

Freshman setter/outside hitter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) had 44 assists of her own, while senior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) had a team-high 18 digs. Freshman outside hitter/right-side hitter Chandler Brown (Beaver, OH) and Briley contributed 15 and 11 digs, respectively, and Clark had a team-best three blocks.

In Friday’s match, sophomore right-side hitter/middle blocker Alex Phillips (Williamsport, OH) led a trio of Rio players with double-digit kills with 17. Snider added 16 kills in the win, while Schramm tallied 11.

Snider also had a team-high five blocks.

Briley was credited with 52 of the RedStorm’s 56 assists, while Ogg had a team-best 15 digs. Brown added 14 digs and three service aces, while sophomore defensive specialist/setter Dani Brannon (Atwater, OH) had 11 digs.

Gregory and Brown had 16 and 12 kills, respectively, for Lourdes, while Recknagel had 42 assists and Jimenez recorded 18 digs.

Recknagel also had a team-high five blocks for the Gray Wolves.