ASHLAND, Va. – The Randolph-Macon women’s volleyball team will face Carthage in the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Tournament in Grand Rapids, MI on the campus of Calvin College on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets won the Galloway Regional to advance to the National Quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
Joining the Yellow Jackets (28-7) in Michigan are: Wittenberg (27-2), California Lutheran (28-5), Carthage (34-7), Clarkson (30-8), Bethel (25-9), Hendrix (28-8) and Bowdoin (26-4).
R-MC has had two common opponents with Carthage: Wittenberg and Hiram. The Yellow Jackets went 0-2 against the pair while the Lady Reds split the duo, sweeping Hiram while dropping a four-set match to Wittenberg.
Randolph-Macon is 0-1 all-time against Carthage, 1-0 against Clarkson, 0-2 in matches against Wittenberg and has never faced the rest of the remaining teams.
Calvin also hosted an NCAA Regional and was eliminated by the Lady Reds 3-1 in the regional final.
Randolph-Macon is the only school in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to reach the National Quarterfinals in league history. Washington & Lee and R-MC are the only two schools in the ODAC to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Generals reached the Third Round in 2006 and the Yellow Jackets made it in 2010.
R-MC has never played a team from Michigan or any matches in the Great Lake State.
Teams in the field are from Arkansas, California, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Four of the teams in the field are nationally ranked with the remaining four receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, published on Nov. 10. The top-five nationally ranked teams were eliminated in the regionals. Wittenberg tops the list at No. 6 followed by No. 9 Cal.-Lutheran, No. 13 Carthage and No. 18 Clarkson. Hendrix (No. 26), R-MC (No. 28), Bowdoin (No. 39) and Bethel (No. 43) received votes.
Wittenberg is the only remaining former National Champion. The Tigers defeated Christopher Newport 3-0 in the 2011 Championship.
The Road to Michigan
Randolph-Macon made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2012 in the Galloway Regional, hosted by Stockton University. The Yellow Jackets defeated Stevenson 3-1 in the first round. R-MC dropped the first set to the Mustangs before winning the next three sets.
In the second round, Randolph-Macon won a five-set thriller against No. 5 Christopher Newport. The Yellow Jackets dropped a five-set match to the Captains in the regular season. In the regular season match, R-MC owned a 2-1 advantage before the Captains won the fourth set to force the tiebreaker, which they won 15-7. In the NCAA match, the Captains won the first set, 25-21, to hold a 1-0 advantage but the Yellow Jackets responded and won the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-22, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Captains forced the fifth set with a 25-20 win in the fourth set. R-MC advanced to the Galloway Regional Final with a 15-13 victory in the tiebreaker.
Randolph-Macon swept the Galloway Regional host 25-19, 25-12, and 25-19, to advance to the National Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
General 2015 NCAA Tournament Information
Thursday's Quarterfinal Pairings
Bethel Royals (25-9) vs. Hendrix Warriors (28-8), 12:30 p.m.
Clarkson Golden Knights (30-8) vs. Wittenberg Tigers (27-2), 3 p.m.
Bowdoin Polar Bears (26-4) vs. Cal Lutheran Regals (28-5), 5:30 p.m.
Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (28-7) vs. Carthage Lady Reds (34-7), 8 p.m.
Friday's Semifinal Pairings
Bethel/Hendrix winner vs. Clarkson/Wittenberg winner, 5 p.m.
Bowdoin/Cal Lutheran winner vs. R-MC/Carthage winner, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Championship at 7 p.m.
Tournament Website: http://www.westmisports.com/womens-volleyball-championship
Tickets for the matches can be purchased here: http://www.calvin.edu/offices-services/box-office/ until 1 hour prior to the first match of the day. Tickets purchased online may be printed at home or placed into Will Call. Tickets for each match are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Children 2 & Under are free. All-session passes are available.
The box office is located in the south lobby of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. The box office will be open on each day of competition one hour prior to the first match each day. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. The box office phone number is 616-526-6282.
Digital game programs can be found here: www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. Randolph-Macon is listed on page 72.
Website Photo: © 2015 Diane Brown. Used with permission. Photo may not be downloaded, copied or redistributed in any form without the expressed written consent of R-MC Athletics and Diane Brown Photography.
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