GJ’s Rino breaks state record for digs

Capri Rino takes it personally when a volleyball lands on her side of the floor.

“I don’t like to let anything hit the ground,” Grand Junction High School’s junior libero said. “I’m a very sore loser.”

Not much hit on the Tigers’ side of the floor in their Sept. 15 match at Fruita Monument.

That’s because Rino had a record-breaking day.

She recorded 45 digs in Grand Junction’s 25-21, 21-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-9 victory over the Wildcats.

That’s two more digs than any volleyball player in state history has ever recorded in a match.

Rino knew she had a good match; she just didn’t know how good.

“After the game I talked to my mom on the way home. I said, ‘I wonder if I set a record,’ ” she said.

She was sure she had broken the school record of 36, set by Tracy Rolbiecki last season.

Rino also had 42 digs in a match against Prairie View earlier this season and is on pace to break the state record of 447 digs in a season.

When Grand Junction coach Lynette Robinson sent the mark into the Colorado High School Activities Association and it was confirmed as a record a week later, Rino was elated.

“I’m really excited about that,” she said of holding the all-classification record, which was 43 digs set by St. Mary’s Rachael Broerman in 2006.

Robinson, who was the freshman coach two years ago when Rino was on that team, said she realized early on she had a defensive talent on her hands.

“I knew when (Rino) was a freshman, the first day,” Robinson said. “She’s just that type of kid. She’s just really aggressive.”

So aggressive, in fact, that Rino will track a ball anywhere, and her teammates know to give her room.

“She doesn’t like to share,” Robinson said. “She wants to win. She’ll do anything she can.”

Rino was actually a middle hitter in middle school.

“I haven’t grown since I was in seventh grade,” the 5-foot-3 Rino said.

Besides, she said, she prefers the back row.

“I always liked passing better,” she said.

Rino takes great pride in saving a ball that appears to be a winner for the opposing team.

“It’s exciting, especially when we get the point afterward,” she said.

What separates Rino from a lot of other players is her ability to know where a ball is headed.

“She anticipates and reads,” Robinson said. “She may not have the best form, but she gets the job done.”


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