Ashland, Va. – Randolph-Macon racked up a hitting percentage of more than .235 in all three sets to beat Shenandoah University in its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener at Crenshaw Gymnasium Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets moved to 7-3 on the season and 1-0 in the ODAC. Shenandoah fell to 4-5 and 0-1.
Sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) and senior Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) led R-MC with nine kills apiece. Hall committed just two errors on the night, making her hitting percentage .333, while McGilvery led all players with 31 attack attempts.
R-MC left the Hornets behind after the first set got knotted up at 3. From then on, the Yellow Jackets sat in the driver's seat, getting ahead by as many as nine points before firing off the final three points after stonewalling SU at 15 points. McGilvery made 13 total attacks in the set and killed three volleys, tying Hall and junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads) for the most in set one.
After a back-and-forth beginning to the second set, R-MC fired off a 13-2 run to win 25-12. Senior Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) and McGilvery had five and seven point services with McGilvery adding a service ace to the run.
Shenandoah hung on again at the beginning at the third set, but R-MC proved to be too much and went on a 6-0 run to push the score from 14-8 to 19-8, with five of the points coming during Clark's service. The Yellow Jackets finished the Hornets 25-13 to win the match. McGilvery and Hall led in set three with four kills apiece.
Quinn led the way for setting up her teammates. She tallied 19 assists. Freshman Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) helped out her teammates ten times as well. Quinn was also a defensive leader with 13 digs, second only to senior Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va./Peninsula Catholic) who dug up 14 volleys.
R-MC also came up huge at the net. Junior Emily Fitzwater (Bealton, Va./Liberty) led the team with six assisted blocks, one being a solo block while Clark added three blocks. The Yellow Jackets totaled 11 for the game.
Senior Morgan Seal (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian) killed five volleys on seven attempts and added a block as well, giving her a .714 hitting percentage, the best for any Yellow Jacket who had more than one attempt. Freshman Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) also played a role defensively with nine digs.
Sophomore Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) played just a few points, but came up with a pair of critical blocks. Sophomore Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) and senior Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) also played key roles at the net knocking down one and two blocks respectively.
The Yellow Jackets hit the road to take on Lynchburg and Randolph. They'll play the Hornets Friday night at 7:00 PM and the Wildcats Saturday at 1:00 PM.