HARRISONBURG, Va. – For the fifth match in a row, Randolph-Macon only needed three sets to dispatch an opponent, Thursday night's victim being the Eastern Mennonite Royals, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-14). R-MC again used spot-on hitting to ensure the victory.
R-MC started the first set with 3-1 and 5-2 leads, before running off rallys of four in a row through the middle of the set under the service of senior Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) and the final three points to win 25-14. R-MC hit just three errors in the set while making 15 kills for a hitting percentage of .364.
The Royals played set two much closer, taking the lead out of the gate 3-1. R-MC found four straight points to retake control, before adding another two, taking the score to 8-5. But EMU fought to the 12-8 lead before R-MC found footing again. Senior Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) had two huge kills to bring the set within one point at 15-14. She totaled eight kills on the night. The teams traded points until R-MC stymied EMU at 17 points and ripped off runs of four and three until completing the set with a win at 25-19.
EMU again threatened early in the third set, getting the tie at 8-8. But R-MC took back control, running off points of four and three until firmly pressing the gas and winning 25-14. In the last frame, R-MC made only one error on 19 attacks and killed 15 volleys for a hitting percentage of .737.
Sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led all scorers on the night with ten kills while junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads) added nine. Clark made only one error on 20 attacks, making her kill percentage .400. Clark also had two service aces, Sallade. Sallade led the team in digs as well with 13.
Junior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) had four kills on eight attacks while adding two blocks. Senior Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) had three blocks, with two being solo efforts. Senior Morgan Seal (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian) added seven kills and a block.
The Yellow Jackets now move to 11-3 on the season and 4-0 in the conference. R-MC will return to action on Tuesday as they face St. Mary's (Md.) in St. Mary's City. They play in Ashland on Wednesday against Roanoke.