GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Senior Katie Rossberg (Crozet, Va. / Western Albemarle) led the Randolph-Macon women's volleyball team with 17 kills and 13 digs as the Yellow Jackets fell to Carthage 3-0 Thursday evening in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.
Senior Courtney Lowers (Suffolk, Va. / Nansemond River) also tallied a double-double with 12 kills and 19 digs.
The Lady Reds (35-7) claimed the first set 25-23 and the second set 25-21. The Yellow Jackets (28-8) stretched the third set to extra points before falling 28-26.
The Yellow Jackets held a 4-1 advantage to start the first set and expanded it to 8-2. The Lady Reds used an 8-4 spurt to pull within two points at 12-10. The set was tied at 17-all before R-MC regained the lead with a 2-0 run. Carthage gained the advantage but the Yellow Jackets tied the match at 22-22 before falling 25-23.
The Lady Reds held a 10-5 lead in the second set. The Yellow Jackets used an 8-5 run to pull within two points of Carthage. R-MC stayed within three points of Carthage through 22-19 before the Lady Reds claimed the set, 25-21.
The third set was tied at 4-4 before Rossberg served eight points to give the Yellow Jackets a 12-5 advantage. The Lady Reds put together a 9-3 spurt to pull within one point, 15-14, before R-MC expanded its advantage to 21-14 with a 6-0 run. Carthage used another 9-2 run to tie the set at 23-all. R-MC held a 24-23 advantage before the Lady Reds tied the set again at 24-all. The score was tied twice more as the Yellow Jackets forced the set into extra points before Carthage won the set, 28-26.
Sophomore Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) paced R-MC with 16 digs.
It was a record-setting season for the Yellow Jackets:
Randolph-Macon went 11-0 in conference play. Head coach, Bill Rogers, recorded his 300th career victory in a 3-0 win over Misericordia on Sept. 4. The Yellow Jackets headlined the conference awards with Rogers earning ODAC Coach of the Year and senior Courtney Lowers receiving Player-of-the-Year accolades. Joining Lowers on First Team All-ODAC were senior outside hitter Katie Rossberg and sophomore libero Samantha Sallade. Sophomore setter Erin Quinn received Second-Team honors.
R-MC claimed its fourth conference title to earn the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets made their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and their first since 2012 in the Galloway Regional, hosted by Stockton University. R-MC defeated Stevenson 3-1 in the first round before defeating Christopher Newport and Stockton to advance to the National Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Several players etched their names on the R-MC All-Time List:
Lowers was the first student-athlete in R-MC volleyball history to receive a spot on the All-American list. An All-South Region selection and three-time ODAC Player of the Week this season, she has rewritten the record books. Lowers is Randolph-Macon's all-time leader with 1,478 kills and finishes the season with 506 winners, third in ODAC history and first on the R-MC single season list. She is the first player in the ODAC to reach 500 kills since 2004.
Rossberg, who received ODAC Player of the Week accolades this season, finished 2015 with 376 kills, sixth in program history, and moved up to seventh on the R-MC All-Time list with 1,057 winners.
Martin completes her career fifth on the R-MC All-Time List with 1,952 assists. She finished this season with 552 assists. Martin is also ninth on the All-Time list for service aces with 128.
Quinn wraps up her sophomore season with 696 assists, good for ninth in program history. She is also tenth on the R-MC Career List for assists with 1,161.
Sallade finishes her sophomore season as the record holder for digs in a season with 611 and is eighth on the R-MC Career list with 1,079.
Beaver completes her second season for the Yellow Jackets with 138 blocks in 2015, sixth in program history. She is 51 blocks away from grabbing the tenth spot on the R-MC All-Time List.
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