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Volleyball 4th In Region, Receives Votes In National Poll

Team celebrates a point

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Randolph-Macon's volleyball program ranks 4th in a set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Wednesday. It's the second straight week R-MC has found itself in the top five in the South Region, having been ranked 4th last week as well.

R-MC finished the week 18-4 and 10-0 in conference play in a rankings period that lasted from Monday, October 16-Sunday, October 22. R-MC added one more win against Va. Wesleyan last night (inside a new rankings period) to end ODAC competition at 19-4 and 11-0 in the conference. It's the third straight season where the Yellow Jackets have swept each of their ODAC foes.

Fellow ODAC rivals Washington & Lee and VWU are on the regional rankings as well, sitting at #5 and #8 respectively. Va. Wesleyan was 16-8 at the time of the rankings, though the loss to R-MC pushed them to 16-9 overall and 8-3 in conference play. W&L, which was 20-6 at rankings time, scored a victory last night against Shenandoah to pull to 21-6 and 10-1 in the conference.

Randolph-Macon is also the top vote-getter outside the Top 25 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. R-MC picked up 90 points in the poll. The #25 team in the country, Pacific Lutheran, picked up 126 points and is 17-3 on the season.

Randolph-Macon travels to Atlanta Friday & Saturday to play some of its toughest competition yet. The team will face #24 Berry and #8 Emory on Friday at 12 Noon and 7:00 PM respectively. They will then face Birmingham-Southern on Saturday at 12:30 PM.

The matches are part of the Emory National Invitational. #24 Berry is the top-ranked team in the South Region at 23-4 while #8 Emory is ranked #2 at 21-5. Berry defeated R-MC 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 14-25, 14-25) earlier in the season at the Mary Washington Invitational. Birmingham-Southern also checks in at #6 in the region. Washington & Lee will also appear at the Atlanta tournament.

Averett is the third ranked team in the region at 27-3. One of the Cougars' three losses is to Randolph-Macon. Averett finishes the season with two USA South matches at home this Friday.