No. 23 Georgetown too much for Rio volleyball
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
GEORGETOWN, Ky. — After falling just short in each of the first two sets, the University of Rio Grande faltered in set three and 23rd-ranked Georgetown College posted a 3-0 win over the RedStorm, Tuesday night, in Mid-South Conference volleyball action.
The host Tigers, who earned their second sweep of Rio in a span of 13 days, snapped a two-match losing streak and improved to 20-6 overall and 9-1 in league play.
The RedStorm dropped to 7-12 overall and 2-9 in the MSC with their second consecutive loss.
Georgetown earned the win by scores of 30-28, 25-23 and 25-16.
Rio failed to cash in on three set point situations in the opening game and coughed up a 23-21 advantage in game two as the Tigers rallied to score the final four points to take a commanding lead.
In game three, GC jumped to an early 8-2 lead and never looked back. The RedStorm twice closed the gap to four at 11-7 and 12-8, but got no closer.
Junior outside hitter Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH) led Rio with eight kills, while freshman setter/outside hitter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) added a team-high 25 assists and shared team honors with three blocks.
Senior Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) contributed 10 digs in a losing effort, while freshman outside hitter/right side hitter Chandler Brown (Beaver, OH) had three service aces and freshman right side hitter/middle blocker Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) equaled Briley with three blocks.
Georgetown, which enjoyed a .308-.121 edge in attack percentage, was led up front by Caraline Maher (14 kills, 2 errors in 19 attacks) and Allyson Wilbourn with 12 kills. Maher also had four blocks.
Lindsey Martindale and Stephanie Gurren added 27 and 21 assists, respectively, while Courtney Grafton added 17 digs.
Rio Grande returns to action on Friday night at Lourdes University. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
The RedStorm and the Sea Wolves will also square off on Saturday at noon.
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