DALLAS, Pa. – Randolph-Macon secured wins number one and two in program history at the Cougar Kick-Off Classic, hosted by Misericordia University. R-MC got victories over Sage and Trine Friday evening.
Randolph-Macon 3, Sage 1
Randolph-Macon got a solid jump against the Gators with an 11-3 run in the opening stages. Despite a 5-3 run by Sage late and a last attempt for a comeback with three straight points late in the frame, the Yellow Jackets closed out the set with three straight points themselves, winning 25-19. Junior Lee Olenyik (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) scored two of the last three kills, with freshman Scotty Carter (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) throwing in one as well.
Sage flipped the script on the Yellow Jackets in set two. The Gators opened up eight of the first nine points. Sage kept on the pressure forcing a Randolph-Macon timeout with the score 5-14. The timeout worked as Randolph-Macon ripped off four straight points coming out of the meeting and kept up the pressure on Sage over the remainder of the set. Sage would get just one opportunity to score more than two points in a row as Randolph-Macon dominated the final moments of the frame, winning 25-23.
The third set was much closer. With the score knotted at 5-5, Sage was able to take a run to go ahead 12-6. That forced an R-MC timeout, which allowed R-MC to regroup. The Yellow Jackets went point-for-point over much of the next half of the frame, including eight of the last 11 points, but Sage was able to close the frame out with a 25-21 edge.
Randolph-Macon got a slight edge in the fourth set. Heading out front 7-4, R-MC was able to stay ahead of the Gators, keeping the lead to 13-12. At that point, R-MC scored the next five points, forcing a Sage timeout. The Yellow Jackets never let up from there, allowing just four more points to Sage as R-MC finished out the set and match victory 25-17.
Olenyik led the Yellow Jackets with 19 kills on 43 attacks, making just five errors for a hitting percentage of .326. Junior Corban Jungers (Richmond, Va. / J.R. Tucker) tallied 12 kills in his first match. Freshman Owen Jungers (Richmond, Va. / J.R. Tucker) led R-MC with 28 assists. He added three service aces as well. Carter was the team leader with six blocks, while fellow freshman Lenny Sampson, Jr. (Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River) added five and Owen Jungers threw in four. Freshman Connor Logan (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) had ten digs, with Carter and Olenyik each adding nine. As a team, R-MC hit .208, including .419 in the first set and .346 in the fourth set.
Randolph-Macon 3, Trine 0
In the second match of the evening, R-MC kept the momentum of the first. The Yellow Jackets took a lead, 7-4. From there, Trine crept back and took its own lead, going ahead 14-8. The Thunder were able to creep back in though and scored a 3-0 run to go ahead 13-11. Trine went on a 8-2 scoring run to go ahead 21-14. But R-MC then launched a 9-1 run that pushed R-MC ahead 24-22. A kill by Owen Jungers ended the set with the 25-23 R-MC advantage.
Each team had their moments in the second set. R-MC forced a tie at 19-19 late and then kept a small advantage as the Yellow Jackets fought to a 25-22 win.
In early action in the third set, R-MC found itself behind 2-6. Trine was able to build a significant advantage from there. But R-MC began to find its groove, and pushed forward on a 7-2 run to tie the match at 16-16. Both teams fought from there, with the set seeing ties at 20-20, 21-21 and 23-23. Trine had the advantage at 24-23, but R-MC scored the final three points to win the set and match 26-24. In the final set, R-MC hit .524.
Olenyik tallied seven kills in the match, with Corban Jungers throwing in six. Owen Jungers led the team with 18 assists and he and Olenyik combined for four service aces. Freshman Dayne Iverson (Pasco, Wash. / Chiawana) led the team with four blocks, including one solo effort. Sampson, Olenyik and both Jungers each had two blocks as well. Logan led the team defensively with 11 digs.
Randolph-Macon will face Mount Union and host Misericordia as the Cougar Kick-Off Classic continues tomorrow in Dallas, Pa. The team will face the Raiders at 1:00 PM and the Cougars at 3:00 PM.