ASHLAND, Va. – Four different Yellow Jackets scored service aces over the visiting Guilford Quakers Friday night as Randolph-Macon won 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-10) and pushed forward to 17-4 on the season and 9-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Guilford fell to 11-8 and 4-4 in the ODAC.
Senior Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) and junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va./Riverheads) each tallied a pair of aces while senior Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) and sophomore Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) each had one to total six for the Yellow Jackets on the night.
Quinn started in service as Randolph-Macon rallied off the first three points of the night before allowing the Quakers to put one on the board. Senior Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) fired off another three as the Yellow Jackets took a 6-2 lead in the first set. Clark got her two service aces in three tries as the Yellow Jackets then rallied to 12-3. Guilford got four back before R-MC advanced the score to 16-8. The Quakers got six of the next seven points, pushing the score to 16-12 before R-MC got back in the driver's seat and advanced to the win 25-18. Sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led the team with four kills while McGilvery and senior Morgan Seal (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian) added three each. It was Seal's only set played in the match. Quinn paced R-MC with nine assists in the frame.
Randolph-Macon got out to the fast start in the second set as well with the Yellow Jackets getting the first five points quickly. R-MC pushed the lead to 10-3 before Guilford would get a three point rally to take the score to 10-5. R-MC and Guilford would trade small runs with the Yellow Jackets pushing their lead to 20-13 before GC found four points to bring the score within four. But Randolph-Macon finished strong, scoring five of the next six points to close out the frame 25-17. Sophomore Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) led the team with five kills while Hall added four and Clark totaled three.
The third set started out much closer as the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie. But under the service of Sallade, which included her two aces, R-MC scored eight in a row, pushing the score to 10-2. After giving up a single Quaker point, R-MC then fired off another eight in a row under the service of Tender and her ace, making the score 18-3 before GC found another point. After more R-MC scoring, Guilford would find a small run of four to push the score to 22-10, but the Yellow Jackets would complete the victory 25-10. Sophomore Kai Cunningham led the team in the frame -- her only one of the night -- with four kills while Clark added three. The Yellow Jackets hit .458 in the final set, making just a single error.
Hall led the team with nine kills on the night. Clark had eight kills with no errors on 18 attacks, making her kill percentage .444. She also had two blocks and two digs. Wolfe finished with five kills while McGilvery tallied four. Jones added two as well, as did Fitzwater. Quinn, senior Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) and freshman Becca Madgwick (Ashburn, Va. / Stone Bridge) each had a kill in their action on the night.
At the net, Clark and Wolfe each had a pair of blocks while Fitzwater, Jones, Cunningham and Madgwick each added one also.
Quinn led the team in assists, tallying 18 while Tender added 7.
McGilvery led the team in digs with 10, while Sallade added eight and Tender totaled seven.
Randolph-Macon, which was ranked #4 in the most recent NCAA South Region rankings, will play Emory & Henry at Noon on Saturday. The match will mark Alumni Day for the Yellow Jackets.