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No. 1 Women’s Volleyball Dispatches No. 8 Randolph in Tournament

Danielle Larosa blocks ball
(Photo By Keith Lucas)

ASHLAND, Va. – The first-seeded Randolph-Macon women's volleyball team dispatched the eighth-seeded WildCats in quarterfinal action Wednesday evening in Ashland. The Yellow Jackets move on to face the fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan Marlins on Friday afternoon.

The Basics

Score: Randolph-Macon 3, Randolph 0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-11)

Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Crenshaw Gymnasium

Records: Randolph-Macon (19-10), Randolph (12-19)

How It Happened

  • After ceding a small lead to the WildCats, Randolph-Macon pushed its way ahead with a 6-1 run, which put the Yellow Jackets in the driver's seat for the rest of the match. Junior Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) ripped off five points while in service and R-MC finished the set with a kill from junior Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) to win 25-13.
  • Randolph-Macon took an earlier lead in the second set. After a 2-2 tie, R-MC rattled off ten of the next 11 points and took a commanding 11-3 lead. R-MC would allow just six more points for the rest of the set as the Yellow Jackets finished off the set win 25-9.
  • Randolph emerged in the third set with a small lead again, but R-MC quickly enveloped the WildCats edge and then some. A 6-1 run to push R-MC out to an 8-4 lead quickly led to nine points in a row as the Yellow Jackets pushed ahead to 17-5. The two teams traded points in the later stages of the set, but R-MC closed it out with a 25-11 victory.

Inside The Numbers

  • R-MC hit .365 for the entire match, including over .400 in the first and second set. The Yellow Jackets made just eight errors on the entire match.
  • Junior Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led Randolph-Macon with 11 kills. Hall was followed by fellow juniors Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) and Jones, who had eight and seven kills respectively.
  • Freshman Danielle Larosa (Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle) was key at the net. She collected nine blocks on the game, including one solo effort and eight block assists. Senior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft/Riverheads) was close behind with seven blocks. Both tallied four kills as well.  Hall and senior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) added three blocks each and Wolfe and junior Kai Cunningham (Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville) added two each. Jones had a block as well.
  • Sophomore Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) led the Yellow Jackets with 15 digs while Wolfe, Tender and freshman Madison Warlick (Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle) each threw in six.
  • Warlick tallied R-MC's only two servie aces
  • Tender led the Yellow Jackets with 17 assists while freshman Macguire Gubba (Grove City, Pa. / Grove City Area) added 11.
  • Wolfe led the Yellow Jackets in hitting percentage for players making more than 10 total attacks. She tallied a .444 hitting percentage while Jones hit .417.
  • Fitzwater is one of the best hitters in the country. Coming into tonight, she ranked 44th in the nation with a 0.350 hitting percentage and hit .400 on the night, making four kills on six attacks and just one error.

ODAC Tournament Information

Randolph-Macon will host the remainder of the ODAC Tournament in Crenshaw Gym. This will be the fifth year in a row that the Yellow Jackets have earned the right to host the later rounds of the tournament.

Admission will cost $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-High School. Children under five and students with a valid College ID (from any participating institution) will be free. Admission is via cash or personal check. No credit cards will be accepted.

Semifinals – Friday, November 2

Semifinal 1

#1 Randolph-Macon vs #4 Virginia Wesleyan, 5:00 PM

Semifinal 2

#2 Washington and Lee vs #3 Bridgewater, 7:30 PM.

ODAC Championship – Saturday, November 3

Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2, 2:00 PM

Fans should expect heavy traffic on Saturday due to multiple events on campus and in the Town of Ashland. More key fan information will be available Thursday afternoon at the fan Tournament Central.

For more information on the teams participating and the tournament format, visit the ODAC's Tournament Central.

Regional Rankings

Randolph-Macon was ranked in the NCAA Regional Rankings again this week, though did slip one spot to No. 5. R-MC was ranked eighth in the initial rankings on October 17 but climbed to fourth last week. After facing two of the top teams in the South Region last weekend, as well as a team ranked in another region, R-MC was passed by Hendrix, but remains above all of the other ODAC schools in the ranking. The rankings account for games through October 30, 2018 and do not include tonight's match. 

SOUTH    In-Division Record Overall Record
1 Berry 22-3 22-3
2 Birmingham-Southern 21-5 23-5
3 Emory 20-6 21-6
4 Hendrix 16-6 19-7
5 Randolph-Macon 18-10 18-10
6 Washington & Lee 18-12 18-12
7 Sewanee (Univ. of the South) 15-7 19-7
8 Bridgewater (Virginia) 22-6 23-6