RedStorm volleyball wins two of three
by Randy Payton
Special to OVP
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande volleyball team enjoyed a profitable weekend by winning two of its three outings in a Mid-South Conference Crossover event hosted by Shawnee State University.
The RedStorm upped its record to 17-8 overall and 8-3 in the MSC by defeating the University of the Cumberlands and Campbellsville University before suffering a loss to Lindsey Wilson College.
Head coach Billina Donaldson’s club posted a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-21) win over Cumberlands on Friday night and outlasted Campbellsville 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-10) on Saturday morning, but was denied a sweep which could’ve left the RedStorm in sole possession of second place in the league as a result of a 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-12) loss to Lindsey Wilson Saturday afternoon.
Senior outside hitter Whitney Smith led Rio in Friday’s win, collecting a match-best 11 kills and 12 digs. She also tied senior middle blocker Erin Sherman for team honors with two blocks.
Junior setters Kelsey Martin and Kayla Landaker added 20 and 18 assists, respectively, in the win. Landaker also had the team’s lone service ace.
Cassie Kalman led Cumberlands (14-9, 4-6) with eight kills, while Abby Dundon had 12 assists and Chelsea Hendrix tallied 11 digs. Stacey Sebald had a match-high seven blocks in the loss for the Patriots.
Smith had 17 kills and 22 digs in Saturday’s win over Campbellsville, while Sherman and sophomore middle blocker Betsy Schramm finished with 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Sherman, Schramm and sophomore middle blocker Morgan Daniels also had three blocks each.
Martin handed out a team-high 30 assists in the victory, while Landaker finished with 23 assists and junior defensive specialist/libero Nicole Ogg had a team-best 23 digs.
Individual statistics were not available for the Tigers (21-8, 9-3).
Schramm’s 12 kills topped the RedStorm in the loss to Lindsey Wilson, while Landaker and Martin had 22 and 15 assists, respectively.
Smith finished with two service aces and 17 digs for Rio, while Sherman had five blocks.
Lindsey Wilson (20-8, 10-2) got 19 kills from Courtney Doyle, while Kailey Moorhead and Sarah Anderson had 14 and 13 kills, respectively.
Andrea Taylor added 53 assists and 10 digs for the Blue Raiders and Kristi Hager had 17 digs.
Rio Grande returns to action on Tuesday night when UVA-Wise visits the Newt Oliver Arena for a 7 p.m. match. The RedStorm posted a 3-0 win over the Highland Cavaliers on September 18 in Wise, Va
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