GRANTHAM, Pa. – Freshman Lenny Sampson, Jr. (Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River) was active at the net for Randolph-Macon Men's Volleyball, tallying 12 blocks in a pair of matches at a Tri-match hosted by Messiah Saturday afternoon.
Scores: Messiah 3, Randolph-Macon 1; Randolph-Macon 3, Widener 0
Location/Venue: Grantham, Pa./Hitchcock Arena
Records: Randolph-Macon (9-12), Widener (1-10), Messiah (13-7)
How It Happened
- R-MC opened the set scoring eight straight points against the hosting Falcons. The run was helped by a trio of service aces by junior Lee Olenyik (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) and Sampson hitting a kill. That cushion served R-MC well through the whole set as Messiah tried to come back on two separate instances, one that went 4-0 and another that 9-2. The latter run tied the match at 15-15. But, R-MC went on to score four straight points and Messiah never could get another tie as the Yellow Jackets took the set 25-23.
- The two teams traded points early in the second frame before Messiah opened the set up with a 7-1 run to take and 11-4 and forced an R-MC timeout. The timeout allowed R-MC to regroup and the Yellow Jackets launched its second 8-0 run of the match, giving R-MC the lead back at 12-11. From there, neither team could get out in front by more than three. Sampson forced a kill to tie the set at 22-22, but Messiah closed out with three straight points to win 25-22.
- It was a similar story for the third set early on. After a 3-3 tie, Messiah struck for six of the next seven to go ahead 11-5. Messiah continued to inch ahead by trading points with R-MC over the next few volleys. R-MC scored four of five in a row through the middle of the set, but the Falcons kept a hold on the lead. R-MC closed the set, winning nine of the last 16 points, including hitting three in a row, but Messiah's early lead got them the set win 25-22.
- Messiah edged out an early lead in the fourth set. After R-MC threatened at 5-6, Messiah went on a 5-2 run to get a small cushion. That cushion helped the Falcons stay ahead as R-MC threatened, but Messiah eventually wont the set and match 25-18.
Inside The Numbers
- Olenyik made a team-high 13 kills and also served five service aces. Freshman Scotty Carter (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) also made double-digit kills with ten and two aces. Sampson added 11 kills.
- Junior Brian Stephen (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) sent up 36 assists, which is his career-and-season-high. This marks the third time Stephen has made that many assists in a single match this year.
- Olenyik also led the team in digs with ten. Stephen made nine digs, freshman Arjay Harris (Chesapeake, Va. / Hickory) added eight and junior Corban Jungers (Richmond, Va. / J.R. Tucker) made seven.
- Sampson led the team with six blocks with Jungers joining him with six as well. One of Jungers' blocks was a solo effort. Freshman Dayne Iverson (Pasco, Wash. / Chiawana) made three blocks as well.
- Against Widener in game two, the teams played to a 2-2 tie in the first set, before R-MC jumped ahead using a 9-3 run. With the lead, R-MC advanced to a 22-11 lead before Widener hit a 7-1 run to cut R-MC's lead to five. But Randolph-Macon closed out the first set with a 25-19 win.
- R-MC had a good start for the second set in a row. The Yellow Jackets got out in front 4-1 before Widener tied at 4-4. But R-MC hit seven of the next nine points to take a sizable lead that R-MC massaged into a 25-16 set win. R-MC never allowed the Pride to score more than one point in a row for the remainder of the set.
- Widener took a large lead to start off the third set – getting out in front 7-1. R-MC matched the run over the next points and tied the set at 8-8. After scoring another tie at 10-10, Widener again took a lead by taking four of the next five points. But R-MC pushed through the deficit and scored ten of the next 12 points to go up 20-16. The teams traded points and R-MC scored two in a row before Widener went on a 5-0 run to cut R-MC's lead to just one. But Randolph-Macon finished the set and secured the victory with a kill from Jungers and an attack error to end the match.
Inside The Numbers
- R-MC was led by Olenyik with 12 kills. Jungers and Sampson each added five.
- Stephen led the Yellow Jackets with 16 assists. Freshman Merrick Gessler (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) threw in 12 assists as well.
- Sampson was again active at the net, tallying six blocks, including one solo effort. Olenyik and Gessler each added two. One of Gessler's blocks was a solo block, while Jungers also tallied one solo block, his only of the game.
- Harris was R-MC's defensive leader with eight digs. Jungers and Carter each added seven digs.
- Olenyik had three service aces in the match, with Stephen and freshman Kyle Alberici (Cicero, N.Y. / Cicero North Syracuse) throwing in a service ace each in the match.
Randolph-Macon will have one final road match before heading home for three in a row. R-MC heads to Harrisonburg to face Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.