GLENSIDE, Pa. – The Men's Volleyball Yellow Jackets were not able to overcome tournament hosts, a powerful Arcadia team, as well as the John Jay Bloodhounds in Sunday afternoon action at the Arcadia University Tournament.
Arcadia 3, Randolph-Macon 0
In just their second match, Randolph-Macon had the unenviable task of facing tournament hosts, Arcadia, a team which had defeated the ninth and tenth-ranked teams in the country last week. The Knights started off well, taking the first set score to 11-3. R-MC was not able to string together more than a single point in a row as the Knights took the first frame 25-11.
In the second set, R-MC got out on a better foot. The teams battled back and forth through the first part of the frame until Arcadia strung together nine points in a row to go ahead 16-6. R-MC was able to score eight of the final 14 points, but Arcadia's lead helped them secure victory 25-16.
R-MC hung close to Arcadia through the first part of the third set. A pair of blocks by freshmen Scotty Carter (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) and Lenny Sampson, Jr. (Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River) and then by Carter and fellow freshman Dayne Iverson (Pasco, Wash. / Chiawana), cut the Arcadia lead to 4-3. But Arcadia was able to go on a 6-0 run later in the frame, pushing their lead to 12-5. R-MC was able to string a couple of 2-0 sequences together, but Arcadia continued to push forward, including a 4-0 run late that pushed the score to a 22-10 Knights lead. R-MC got a pair of kills from freshman Lee Olenyik (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) and the Yellow Jackets got the benefit of three Knights missteps, but Arcadia was still able to close out the set and match victory at 25-16.
Carter led the Yellow Jackets with five kills. Fellow freshmen Merrick Gessler (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) and Kyle Alberici (Cicero, N.Y. / Cicero North Syracuse) each added three. Freshman Owen Jungers (Richmond, Va. / J.R. Tucker) had 12 assists. Carter had four blocks with Iverson and Sampson each tossing in two blocks. Carter and junior Brian Stephen (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led the team defensively with four digs each with freshman Arjay Harris (Chesapeake, Va. / Hickory) adding two, as did Gessler and Sampson. The team totaled four service aces.
John Jay 3, Randolph-Macon 1
The Yellow Jackets had their best hitting game yet, hitting .125 in the second match of the day. But the Bloodhounds of John Jay were able to top R-MC 3-1 in the Arcadia Tournament finale.
R-MC was able to secure ties at 7-7, 8-8 and 10-10. From there, R-MC took the lead and got ahead 13-11. But John Jay got a 5-1 run to reclaim the lead at 16-14. The Bloodhounds kept the lead until a 3-1 run pushed the game to a 19-19 tie. The teams traded the lead back and forth for the remaining moments of the set, but John Jay got the final three kills to win 25-22.
The tight contest continued into the second set. The Yellow Jackets took a 4-1 lead until John Jay rattled off six of the next seven points to take a lead 7-5. R-MC got a run of its own of 4-1 to retake the lead to 10-8. From there, neither team took a sizable advantage, trading small runs from then out. Randolph-Macon took its chance late in the contest. After forcing three ties, R-MC rattled off the final three points to win 25-23, with Sampson and Olenyik making the final two kills.
The early stages of the third frame were no different than the first. John Jay was able to get a 6-0 run to go ahead 9-4 early and forced a Randolph-Macon timeout. Another run of 3-0 helped the Bloodhounds keep the lead and John Jay finished the period out on a 6-2 run to win 25-15.
The final frame kept with the mantra of the match. Early ties included a 4-4 tally that led to a 7-7 tie, which was in the midst of a 4-0 run by R-MC. The run finished to give the Yellow Jackets a 9-7 advantage. But John Jay caught a 8-1 run that pushed them into the driver's seat, going ahead 15-10. R-MC got as close as three at 18-21 late in the frame, but John Jay finished the set out 25-21 to win the match.
Olenyik led the Yellow Jackets with 13 kills on 37 attacks with just a single error. Carter threw in six with Alberici finishing with four, Sampson with two and Jungers, Gessler and Connor Logan (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) each adding a single kill. Carter also led the team defensively with six digs, Olenyik with five and Stephen adding four. Sampson was the team leader with seven blocks, with Carter and Jungers each adding six, including one solo block each. Iverson also had six blocks in the contest. Alberici tallied four service aces as well.
Randolph-Macon will head to Dallas, Pa. and Misericordia University to play in a tournament next weekend. The team will face Sage and Trine on Friday at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM respectively. Then on Saturday, the team will face Mount Union and Misericordia at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM respectively.