Thu, Sep. 27, 2012 - [Volleyball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande volleyball team started fast and never looked back, cruising to a 3-0 win over West Virginia University Tech, Wednesday night, at the Newt Oliver Arena.
The RedStorm finished off a season sweep of the Golden Bears by scores of 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 in a match that took just 54 minutes to complete. Head coach Billina Donaldson's squad upped its overall record to 11-6, winning for the fifth straight time and the eighth time in the last nine outings.
WVU Tech fell to 1-12, losing a sixth consecutive time for the second time this season.
Rio Grande hammered out a .457 hitting percentage in the victory, while the Golden Bears finished with more attack errors (16) than they had kills (13).
Senior outside hitter Whitney Smith (Albany, OH) led the RedStorm's efficiency at the net, finishing with a match-best 18 kills in 21 total attacks.
Junior setters Kelsey Martin (Jackson, OH) and Kayla Landaker (Coschocton, OH) finished with 21 and 12 assists, respectively, while junior libero Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) had a team-high eight digs and two service aces.
Senior middle blocker Erin Sherman (South Webster, OH) and freshman middle blocker Alex Phillips (Williamsport, OH) added three blocks each to the winning effort.
Jacque Carroll led WVU Tech with four kills, while Noelle Day had five assists and five digs.
Lauren Guidi also had five assists and Kylie Whitney five digs for the Golden Bears, while Tavia Dukes finished with four blocks.
Rio Grande returns to action on Friday night and Saturday morning in a multi-team MSC Crossover event hosted by Georgetown College.
The RedStorm will face St. Catharine and Cumberland (Tenn.) University on Friday at 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., respectively, before squaring off with the host - and MSC-leading - Tigers on Saturday at 11 a.m.