ARLINGTON, Va. – Randolph-Macon women's volleyball got the win against Washington College Saturday afternoon, but struggled against Marymount, ending the day in a split for the Yellow Jackets as they work through the beginning portion of their schedule, this weekend at the Marymount Invitational Tournament.
Marymount 3, Randolph-Macon 0
Randolph-Macon kept the first set close, trading points with the Saints until R-MC got a 5-1 run through the middle of the set, pushing the score to an 18-13 R-MC lead. But Marymount went on a tear, scoring 12 of the next 14 points and clearing the victory 25-20.
Marymount took that momentum into the next set, getting out to the early 10-3 lead. The Saints continued the run with ten of the next 13 points, getting up 20-6 on the Yellow Jackets. Randolph-Macon made an effort to rush back with a four point run, but Marymount would end the set with a 25-10 victory.
R-MC vowed not to go quietly. The Yellow Jackets fought close in the third set, pushing Marymount to ties at 5-5, 6-6, 7-7 and 9-9. But Marymount used a three-point run to get ahead of the Yellow Jackets. Again, Randolph-Macon came storming back. R-MC stayed within attacking distance and took advantage of Marymount errors to tie the match at 19-19. Randolph-Macon then got five of the next seven points to have set point at 24-21 before Marymount finished the set off with a five point run that got them the set and match victory at 26-24.
R-MC was led by junior Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover), who was named to the Marymount Invitational All-Tournament Team, with eight kills. Senior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads) was close behind with six kills and junior Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) threw in five kills as well. Senior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) led the Yellow Jackets at the net with two blocks. Sophomore Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) was the lead leader in digs with 15. Junior Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) led Randolph-Macon in assists with 19.
Randolph-Macon 3, Washington College 0
R-MC ended the tournament on a high note, getting a straight sets victory over Washington College. The Yellow Jackets were led in the second match by Hall, who had nine kills as well as Clark and Fitzwater who each had seven. R-MC tallied nine service aces in the final match, including three by freshman Madison Warlick (Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle) and two each by Wolfe and Clark. Tender also tallied a team-high 27 assists in the final match of the afternoon and was the team leader with 12 digs. Wolfe and Clark each tallied a solo block and Tender, Fitzwater, Hall and freshman Sydney Koch (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) each threw in a block assist as well.
Randolph-Macon (4-5) opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference play at Randolph on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.