RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande’s bid to close out a perfect regular season home schedule didn’t go as planned.
Notre Dame College dealt head coach Billina Donaldson’s squad its first setback in nine home outings this season, shocking the RedStorm with a 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-15) decision, Friday evening, in the Lyne Center Lower Gymnasium.
The visiting Falcons won for just the sixth time in 27 outings this season.
Rio Grande, which had won 17 of its previous 20 matches, finished its regular season at 20-9. The RedStorm had won each of their eight home dates prior to Friday’s loss.
Incidentially, Friday’s match was also the only home event that Rio did not play inside the Newt Oliver Arena. The match was played in the Lyne Center’s auxiliary gym as a result of the Giovanni’s Tipoff Classic basketball tripleheader being played in the Newt Oliver Arena.
Rio Grande finished with a .200 hitting percentage for the match, including a .063 figure in the third and final game.
Senior outside hitter Whitney Smith had a team-high 13 kills, 13 digs and three service aces in her final home appearance, while sophomore middle blocker Betsy Schramm added 10 kills of her own.
Junior setter Kayla Landaker added 19 assists in the loss, while junior setter Kelsey Martin finished with 13 of her own. Senior middle blocker Erin Sherman contributed two blocks in a losing cause.
Rio Grande returns to action next Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at the MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville, Ky. The opponent and game time is still to be determined.