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Rams Take OCC Lead With Orrville Loss

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 9/26/2013

Madison and Orrville began Thursday tied at the top of the OCC standings, but the Rams would finish the day in the drivers seat.

Madison was able to go on the road and knock off Clear Fork in 3-games, 25-13, 25-11 and 25-14. Orrville on the other hand would fall in 4-games at Lexington, 25-17, 21-25, 32-30 and 25-23.

The loss was just the second in the league for the Red Riders, both of which came at the hands of Lady Lex. The Rams win would break their first place tie with Orrville, propelling them to 9-1 in the league with a pair of tough games coming up.

Madison will host 13-3 Galion on Saturday then travel to play at 14-3 Orrville. A difficult stretch for any team, but the Rams like wher they are right now.

Madison junior Chase Carper says of the win over the Lady Colts, "This game kind of got us going forward and it's nice being on top right now."

"To be on the top of the OCC still at this point in the season is a huge accomplishment for us." Rams junior Katie Wagner says. "We just want to keep it going."

"It's good to be able to continue to put the pressure on everybody else that has to beat us." Rams head coach Brian Votaw says about taking the lead in the OCC standings. "This kind of keeps us at the top where we like to be."

If Madison wants to stay on top of the league, they'll have to take down the only team to defeat them so far this season, when they travel to Orrville. Red Riders head coach Whitney Dalessandro recognizes how big their looming contest with the Rams will be and knows they'll smell blood after falling at Lexington.

"They're gonna want us as much as we want them, especially after tonight." Dalessandro says. "After losing tonight we're gonna want to beat them more than anything."

The 16-1 Rams will look to avenge their 5-set loss to the Red Riders at Orrville next Tuesday in a best of 5 match slated for 5 p.m.

   
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