Rhodes State College News

October 30, 2010
Barons Volleyball finishes season strong!

Lima, OH - The Barons ended the regular season on October 20th, playing OU Chillicothe which was 2nd in the O.R.C.C. Western Division.  Coach Ricker explained to her team during the pep talk to do the best you can!  “We are not favored to win and OU Chillicothe is a good team, so we will need to serve hard and use our attacking plays if we want a chance. “ The Barons started out the game upbeat and thirsty for a win.  The Barons managed to be victorious the first two games.  OU Chillicothe fought back in games three and four.  The Barons battled hard and won game five, 15-8.  “This was an important win for the volleyball program, Ricker explains.  “The program has been going through some rough years, and I have people on the team who have played several years and never won a match.  This team never gave up and their hard work finally paid off.” 

The 2010 Barons volleyball team ended their season Friday, October 22nd.  The Ohio Regional Campus Conference tournament was held at Ohio University - Lancaster.  The Barons had the 10th seed and played against the 7th seed, the OU Lancaster Cougars.  The Barons started the first game energetic and ready to win.  The Barons won games one and two.  The final scores were OU-L 20-25 OSU, OU-L 26-24 OSU, OSU 25-17 OU-L, OU-L 25-23 OSU, and OU-L 18-16 OSU .  Coach Ricker was pleased with the Barons team unity and determination to do their best.  “Everyone contributed during the games.  The girls worked very hard.  The match could have gone either way, and unfortunately, it didn’t go our way.” Several girls had outstanding statistics.  Lauren Canavan led the team with 15 kills, 16 digs and 3 aces.  Megan Gerdeman dominated the court with 16 kills, 5 blocks and 3 aces.

Ricker has high expectations for the volleyball program in the years to come.  She will be losing starters which include, Megan Gerdeman, Erin Mash, and Lauren Canavan, but Coach Ricker is working hard to recruit several area volleyball players to lead the team in the 2011 season.

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