ASHLAND, Va. – Sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) tallied 17 kills, more than any other player on the court, as Randolph-Macon improved to 10-3 on the season with a straight set victory over Marymount University. It marked R-MC's sixth win in a row.
After the Saints got on top early in the first set, R-MC ripped off nine straight points to go up 10-4. Marymount brought the game back within one at 14-13 and again at 16-15, but the Yellow Jackets were able to pull away winning 25-20. Hall had her best set of the night with seven kills and just a single error on 12 attacks. Defensively, senior Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) and Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) each had five digs and senior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) was a part of each team block, totaling 3.
In the second set, Marymount never led, though they threatened a couple of times throughout the set. The Saints brought the score to 15-14 and 16-15. But Randolph-Macon fired off six straight points, including two freshman Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) service aces to take the lead 22-15. The Yellow Jackets never looked back, winning 25-17. Hall again led all scorers, as she did much of the night, with six kills in nine attacks. Tender had seven assists to the team's effort with senior Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) adding six assists. The team had just one hitting error in the whole set, totaling a .591 hitting percentage.
Set three was a much closer bout and saw the two teams trading points virtually the entire set. With the score tied 4-4, Marymount was able to take a three point lead until R-MC battled back to make it 9-8. But the momentum fell with the Saints as they scored five points in the middle of the set to go up 16-9 out of a R-MC timeout. The Yellow Jackets fought back with Quinn in service, scoring three huge points to make it 17-12. Under Tender's service R-MC continued the march to tie the score at 19, forcing a Marymount timeout. Freshman Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) arrived into the lineup for service and was able to grab a key service ace plus another point to get R-MC on top 22-20. Senior Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) ended the match with a kill as the teams traded points until the very end, with R-MC winning 25-22.
Beaver finished the game with three kills and two blocks, one of them being a solo effort. Fitzwater finished with five total blocks and Hall added three. The team totaled seven blocks on the night.
Sallade totaled 12 digs, the leader for the Yellow Jackets while McGilvery had 10.
McGilvery also added six kills, as did junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads). Sophomore Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) tallied four kills and senior Morgan Seal (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian) also had two. The team made just 13 total attacking errors and tallied a .274 hitting percentage on the night.
Randolph-Macon was also exceptional in service with seven services aces, two by Sallade and Tender and one each for Loewe, McGilvery and Quinn.
Tender led the team in assists with 18 while Quinn totaled 16.
Randolph-Macon now travels to Eastern Mennonite on Thursday to play at 7:00 PM. They remain on the road next Tuesday at St. Mary's (Md.) before returning home next Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM.