Updated Thu, Sep 26, 2013 4:33 pm
Despite a strong showing in the first set, the Rio Grande RedStorm lost its fifth straight match in straight sets to the Georgetown College Tigers, 25-23, 25-16, 25-11.
The RedStorm battled the Tigers throughout the first set. Down 16-9, they took 10 of the next 15 points to cut the led to two points, 21-19. Georgetown went on a three-point run to force match point, but Rio Grande would not give up. With Chandler Brown on service, the RedStorm went on a five-point run to come within one point of the lead, 24-23. But Georgetown ended the run promptly to win the set by two points.
Georgetown came out firing in the second to take a 6-1 lead early in the set. The RedStorm made a comeback to cut the lead to two with the score at 11-9 Tigers. Rio Grande only scored five points the rest of the set as Georgetown took the set 25-16.
The RedStorm were outmatched in the third set. They were down 7-5 early in the set, but they managed to score just 5 points the rest of the set. The 18th-ranked Tigers showed their dominance in the set by taking 18 of the last 22 points to win the set and the match. Georgetown also dominated net play in the third set with 15 kills, no errors and an attacking percentage of 0.517.
“We wanted to play as good as we could, come off the court and say that we are happy with the way we performed,” said RedStorm head coach Billina Donaldson.
Donaldson said morale is high and that she feels they have a good chance to come off of their upcoming five game road trip with five wins.
The RedStorm committed just one error in the first set but committed six errors in the second and seven in the third.
Chandler Brown and Nicole Ogg led the defensive effort, each with eight digs. Brown added seven kills offensively along with Alex Phillips, who also had seven kills.
The RedStorm (1-7, 0-6) will look to get back on track when they travel to Cumberland University Thursday, Sept. 26. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.