SYLVANIA, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande volleyball team got itself back over the .500 mark for the season by winning three of its four weekend outings in the Gray Wolf Invitational, hosted by Lourdes University.
The RedStorm (8-6) posted a 3-1 win over Lourdes in the first of two games on Friday, before suffering a 3-1 loss to Siena Heights University in the nightcap. Saturday’s schedule produced a 3-0 rout of OSU-Marion and a 3-2 triumph over Lawrence Tech (Mich.).
Rio, which was playing without the services of three of its regulars during the two-day event, got 19 kills, 19 digs and three service aces from senior outside hitter Whitney Smith in a 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, 25-15 win over Lourdes.
Senior middle blocker Erin Sherman added 13 kills and six blocks for head coach Billina Donaldson’s squad, while junior setter Kelsey Martin had 34 assists and junior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg added a team-high 22 digs.
Katie Bartlett had 14 kills for the Gray Wolves, while Michi Jiminez finished with 39 assists, 14 digs and three aces. Katie McKenty added a dozen kills and 12 digs in the loss, while Shlby Schuster had 10 kills and Kristin Kirk was credited with 10 digs.
The RedStorm also started well against Siena Heights, but struggled down the stretch in a 22-25, 31-29, 25-19, 25-19 loss.
Sherman finished with 16 kills and five blocks for URG, while Smith had 13 kills, 23 digs and three aces. Sophomore middle blocker Betsy Schramm also had 13 kills, while Martin had a career-high 46 assists and Ogg tallied 12 digs.
The Saints (6-3) had a trio of players reach double-figures in kills. Lindsey Adams led the threesome with 18 kills, while Hallie Baker and Chelsea Doyle added 17 and 14, respectively. Doyle also had three blocks and Baker had three aces.
Carly Tillitson had 53 assists for SHU, while Haley Mercy and Nicole Morgan contributed 18 and 16 digs, respectively.
Saturday’s opener saw the RedStorm rack up a season-best .600 hitting percentage in a 25-7, 25-7, 25-5 rout of OSU-Marion.
Sherman led the way with 13 kills and Martin added 28 assists for Rio, which substituted freely throughout. Smith chipped in a team-best nine digs and three aces.
Danielle Burns had two kills and Emily Dosten had three assists to pace the Scarlet Wave (2-9). Four players had three digs apiece for OSUM in the loss.
Rio Grande capped the weekend by rallying for a 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12 win over Lawrence Tech. Smith tallied a team-high 23 kills, three aces and 19 digs in the victory, while Sherman had 14 kills and a pair of blocks.
Martin led the RedStorm with 42 assists, while Ogg had 16 digs and 10 kills.
Karlen Foisy had 26 kills and 10 digs for the Blue Devils (7-10). Kasey Clark added 22 kills of her own to go along with 12 digs and a match-best six aces, while Kelsey Haener had 42 assists, Darby Johnson finished with 14 digs and Mary Armstrong had six blocks.