ASHLAND, Va. – Junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads) killed 11 volleys and made no errors on a night where the Yellow Jackets hit for an average .283 percent as they defeated Roanoke College 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-8). Randolph-Macon closes play in September on a nine game winning streak.
After Roanoke took the lead in set one 3-2, Randolph-Macon fired off 10 of the next 11 points with sophomore Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) in service for a majority of them. They allowed just two more points before mounting another run, this time of ten points and pushing the score to 24-6. Junior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) finished the set off with her only kill of the night to make it 25-8. Clark totaled five in the first frame.
The visitors played set two much closer than the first. R-MC took the 4-1 lead, but Roanoke had a few mini runs of its own. The teams played to the 10-10 tie before the Yellow Jackets could find another opportunity to take a bigger lead. With senior Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) in service, the Yellow Jackets scored another three points, taking the score up to 13-10. RC found another couple of points before Randolph-Macon launched a run of five point run, which included a Tender service ace. R-MC eventually got the victory in set two 25-17.
The Yellow Jackets kept the momentum in set three firing off the first three points and then another nine in a row with McGilvery in service for the latter. McGilvery had a service ace in the run and reigning Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Week, sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover)
McGilvery also had a solid offensive night with six kills while sophomore Bre Lockhart (Roanoke, Va. / Hidden Valley) added four kills and no errors. Senior Morgan Seal (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian), sophomore Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) and sophomore Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) each had two kills.
had five of the nine kills, including three in a row. She finished the set with seven kills and finished the match with 10 total. Roanoke added a few points to get to 16-6 before R-MC found another run, this one of five in a row to get it to 20-6 with senior Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) in service. The Yellow Jackets eventually put the Maroons away with a 25-8 set three victory. Clark had another five in the last frame, matching her best set of the night.
Defensively, Sallade was the team leader. She finished with 24 digs while senior Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) added 14. Quinn was also the team's assist leader with 19. Tender totaled 15 assists as well. Senior Julia Stech (Chester, Va. / LC Bird) played two sets and racked up four digs in her time on the court.
Quinn was also key in service. She had two of the team's five service aces while Clark, McGilvery and Tender each finished with one.
R-MC also had a good night at the net with six team blocks. Clark had three, as did Fitzwater and senior Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax). Seal, McGilvery and Wolfe added one each to the team's efforts.
Randolph-Macon is now 13-3 on the season and 5-0 in the ODAC. The team goes on the road to ODAC opponent Hollins next. That game is set for Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 PM.