Mon, Nov. 7, 2011 - [Volleyball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The University of Rio Grande volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night after a suffering a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-23) loss to top-seeded Lindsey Wilson in the semifinal round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The RedStorm, the tourney's No. 4 seed, finished 21-15 with the defeat.
Rio Grande struggled up front in the loss, committing 26 attack errors as opposed to 25 kills.
Junior middle blocker Erin Sherman (South Webster, OH) had a team-high nine kills and one block, while junior outside hitter Whitney Smith (Albany, OH) finished with eight kills and 18 digs.
Junior libero Lauren Raines (Albany, OH) had 22 digs to lead the RedStorm, while sophomore defensive specialists Kelsey Martin (Jackson, OH) and Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) added 12 and 10, respectively. Sophomore setter Kayla Landaker (Coshocton, OH) finished with 20 assists.
Rio Grande reached the semifinal round by virtue of a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-23) victory over No. 5 seed University of the Cumberlands in the quarterfinal round.
Smith had 12 kills, 24 digs and two service aces to lead the way, while Sherman added 12 kills of her own and a team-best five blocks. Landaker finished with 33 assists and two aces of her own, while Raines and Ogg had 17 and 16 digs, respectively, and freshman outside hitter Ally Hawkins (Cincinnati, OH) had 10 kills.
Rio Grande's 21-win season came with a roster that did not include a senior.