Rio Grande's Erin Sherman leads the MSC in hitting percentage (.384) and blocks (100).
Mon, Oct. 22, 2012 - [Volleyball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande volleyball team will look to build upon the momentum of two weekend wins when the RedStorm hosts UVA-Wise Tuesday night for a Mid-South Conference matchup at the Newt Oliver Arena.
First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. Head coach Billina Donaldson's team has won 14 of its last 17 outings, including a 2-1 showing in an MSC Crossover event hosted by Shawnee State over the weekend. Rio's two wins came over the University of the Cumberlands and Campbellsville University, while a loss to Lindsey Wilson College prevented the RedStorm from posting a sweep of its three-game series of games.
Rio Grande, which brings a 17-8 overall record and an 8-3 mark in the conference into Tuesday night's game, finds itself in fourth place in the MSC standings - ½ game behind Campbellville and 1-1/2 games in back of second place Lindsey Wilson.
The RedStorm continue to be led by senior outside hitter Whitney Smith (Albany, OH) and senior middle blocker Erin Sherman (South Webster, OH).
Smith leads the league in kills (332), while Sherman tops the conference in hitting percentage (.384) and blocks (100). Sherman's hitting percentage also ranks 10th in the nation.
Smith also is sixth in the league in hitting (.332) and 12th in digs (263), while Sherman is eighth in the league in kills (251).
As a team, the RedStorm ranks second in the league and seventh in the country with a .287 hitting percentage.
Four other Rio players rank among the conference individual leaders in other categories.
Junior setters Kelsey Martin (Jackson, OH) and Kayla Landaker (Coshocton, OH) are fourth and 14th, respectively, among the league's assist leaders. Martin has 592, while Landaker has 334.
Junior defensive specialist/libero Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) is among a trio tied for eighth place among the leaders in digs with 268, while freshman middle blocker Alex Phillips (Williamsport, OH) is 11th with 63 blocks.
UVA-Wise won just two of its first 19 outings this season, but sports a 5-4 showing in its last nine contests. The Highland Cavaliers went 1-2 at home in their MSC Crossover over the weekend, defeating Cumberland (Tenn.) University and losing to St. Catharine on Friday and falling to league-leader Georgetown on Saturday.
The Cavs' top players include sophomore setter Brittni Altmann, who is second on the squad in both assists (274) and digs (230); freshman outside hitter India Dilliard, who has 239 kills; sophomore setter Veronica Sanchez, who leads the team with 462 assists; junior libero Lindsey Burke, who has 265 digs; freshman middle blocker Maya Hamlett, who is tied for fourth in the MSC with 78 blocks; and senior outside hitter Autumn Chisenhall, who has 51 blocks.
Rio Grande won the earlier meeting between the two squads, posting a 3-0 win over the Highland Cavaliers on September 18 at the Convocation Center in Wise, Va.