URG volleyball beats SSU, extends win streak
Randy Payton Special to OVP
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande volleyball team finished up the regular season on Thursday night with a three-set victory (25-23, 25-23, 25-23) over arch-rival Shawnee State at the Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium.
The RedStorm (14-15 overall, 7-11 Mid-South Conference) ran their winning streak to four straight matches and earned a season split with SSU.
Head coach Billina Donaldson’s squad will enter the MSC Tournament next weekend as the seventh overall seed.
Rio Grande outhit the Bears to the tune of .188 to .156, although Shawnee State recorded five more kills (38) than the RedStorm (33).
Leading the way for Rio Grande was freshman right side hitter Autumn Snider (Marion, OH) with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .429.
The usual suspects of freshman setter Kayla Briley (Marion, OH) and senior defensive specialist Nicole Ogg (Albany, OH) tallied 28 assists and 20 digs, respectively.
Leading the way for the Bears was junior Kristi Humble with 11 kills and a .476 hitting percentage, while seniors Hannah Gephart and Kirsti Yates recorded 23 assists and 17 digs, respectively.
Shawnee State (9-9 overall, 17-14 MSC) currently sits at the fifth spot in the conference and looks to keep hold of that spot heading into tournament play.
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