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R-MC Volleyball Conquers No. 17 Clarkson in Three Sets

Courtney Lowers smacks the ball over the net.
Courtney Lowers smacks the ball over the net.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Senior Courtney Lowers (Suffolk, Va. / Nansemond River) recorded 17 kills as the Randolph-Macon women's volleyball team swept No. 17 Clarkson Friday evening at the Emory Invitational.

Senior Katie Rossberg (Crozet, Va. / Western Albemarle) added 11 kills for the Yellow Jackets (21-6).

R-MC won the first set 25-12, the second set 25-16 and claimed the victory with a 25-23 score in the third set.

The Yellow Jackets held a 10-4 advantage over the Golden Knights (25-7) in the first set. Senior Addie Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va. / Cape Henry Collegiate) served six straight points during the opening run. R-MC expanded its lead with an 8-3 spurt and went on to claim the first set, 25-12.

The Golden Knights held a 4-0 lead in the second set before the Yellow Jackets rallied to tie the score at 4-all. R-MC gained the advantage with a 5-2 spurt. Clarkson tied the score at 9-9 and attempted to gain the lead but the Yellow Jackets responded with an 11-2 run to hold a 20-11 advantage. R-MC claimed the second set, 25-16.

There were six ties through 7-7 in the third set. Clarkson held a 12-9 advantage but R-MC tied the score at 12-all. The score was tied again at 14-14 before the Yellow Jackets gained the advantage for good with a 6-2 spurt. The Golden Knights pulled within one-point at 22-21 but the Yellow Jackets took the match with a 25-23 score in the third set.

Sophomore Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) registered 21 assists and three service aces.

Sophomore Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) paced R-MC with 12 digs and Quinn added six digs.

R-MC tallied 15 total blocks and held Clarkson to a .063 hitting percentage. Lowers recorded five assisted blocks while sophomore Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) recorded four assisted blocks and Cooper tallied three assisted blocks.

The Yellow Jackets finish regular-season play on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Emory Invitational. R-MC will face Millsaps at noon and Berry at 2 p.m.

--R-MC Sports Information--