Updated Sat, Nov 16, 2013 1:25 am
The Rio Grande RedStorm (14-16) were eliminated in the first round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament by the No. 15 Georgetown College Tigers (30-9) in straight sets by scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-16.
The RedStorm battled in the first game. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the first. The Tigers fought back to take a 10-7 lead, but the RedStorm were not done yet. Rio Grande made a comeback to draw even with the Tigers at 15. However, Georgetown took a four-point lead late in the game at 22-18 when the RedStorm called a timeout. Rio Grande came out of the timeout firing, going on a 3-0 run, but Georgetown answered with a 3-0 run to take the game.
Despite the second ending in the same score, the RedStorm were dominated by the Tigers. Rio Grande held just one lead, 9-8, the entire set. The Tigers had an attacking percentage of .325 and committed just four errors on 40 attacks during the game while the RedStorm committed seven errors on 39 attacks. The Tigers ended the set on a 3-1 run to take the second 25-21.
Just like the second the third was all Georgetown. With Tigers leading 18-9 late in the set, the RedStorm went on a six-point run to cut the lead to three. The Tigers, however, answered with a 7-1 run to end the match and the RedStorm’s season.
The Tigers’ top two players showed up and performed. Caraline Maher and Allyson Wilbourn led the Georgetown offense. Maher had nine kills with an attacking percentage of .500 and Wilbourn had 10 kills and an attacking percentage of .421.
The RedStorm offense was led by Betsy Schramm who had a team high in kills with 10, while Kayla Briley added a game-high 26 assists. Nicole Ogg led the Rio Grande defense with a game-high 15 digs.
Rio Grande will look to come back strong next season with its more seasoned roster as its youth return with a full season under its belt.
For Tigers, they will face the winner of Campbellsville and the University of the Cumberlands in the semifinals on Saturday.