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Generals Top Women’s Volleyball In ODAC Title Match

Team on Court

ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Volleyball had its Old Dominion Athletic Conference title streak snapped at three as the championship trophy will return to Lexington as the Washington and Lee Generals defeated the Yellow Jackets 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Generals won their 16th league title and earn the title back after losing it to Randolph-Macon in 2015. The Yellow Jackets went on to win the next two titles in 2016 and 2017.

The Basics

Scores: Washington and Lee (21-12), Randolph-Macon (20-11)

Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Crenshaw Gym

Records: Washington and Lee (21-12), Randolph-Macon (20-11)

How It Happened

  • Washington and Lee jumped ahead early in the first set. Randolph-Macon brought the score within two to 9-11, but never did get a lead as the Generals took the set 25-18.
  • R-MC used that first-set loss, to jump out quickly in the second set. R-MC rattled off eight of the first nine points scored and forced a W&L timeout at 8-1. R-MC kept the distance for most of the set and used a run of five straight towards the end of the set to secure the set victory 25-17.
  • The third set became a back-and-forth joust as the Generals and the Yellow Jackets traded the lead in the early stage. W&L advanced the lead to a 10-7 advantage before forcing an R-MC timeout. That small lead persisted until Randolph-Macon rallied off five points to tie the set at 19-19. But Washington and Lee used a timeout to regroup and finished the set on a 6-1 run to win the set 25-20.
  • The close play continued into the fourth set into the fourth set as W&L fought for the match victory while R-MC fought to tie the match up. W&L hit a run of three points in a row to give the Generals the 10-6 lead. The lead remained with the Generals until Randolph-Macon hit a 6-2 run to tie the match at 15-15. After ceding a W&L point, R-MC mounted another run of 5-1 to get ahead 20-17 and forcing a W&L timeout. Randolph-Macon closed the set with five of the next seven points to win the set 25-20.
  • In the early stages of the deciding set, both teams got their licks in. It was with a 2-2 tie that W&L advanced the lead to 5-2 with a kill by Meg Guignon and two service aces from Kiera Borthwick, which necessitated an R-MC timeout. W&L secured three of the next five points to go up 8-4 as the teams swapped sides. With W&L in the driver's seat, the Generals kept advancing the lead and only allowed R-MC four points in the remainder of the set and W&L won the set and the match at 15-8.

Inside The Numbers

  • Junior Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led the Yellow Jackets and matched the match-high for kills with 19. For W&L, Guignon and senior Allison Webb scored 19 kills as well.
  • Seniors Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) and Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads) and junior Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) each tallied ten kills as well.
  • R-MC was led by freshman Macguire Gubba (Grove City, Pa. / Grove City Area) with 26 assists while junior Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) tallied 24 assists as well.
  • Sophomore Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) led R-MC defensively with 23 digs while Wolfe threw in 16 digs as well.
  • Fitzwater and Wolfe each tallied one solo block and two assisted blocks while freshman Sydney Koch (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) had three assisted blocks as well. Hall, Wolfe and junior Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) each had a block as well.
  • Wolfe tallied R-MC's only service ace.

All-Tournament Honors

Tender and Wolfe were honored as All-Tournament performers. Tender finished with 52 assists between the semifinal and championship games. Wolfe tallied 18 kills, five blocks and 26 digs.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Rachel Gaston | Bridgewater College
Kristina Scott | Virginia Wesleyan University
Angela Tender | Randolph-Macon College
Alexia Wolfe | Randolph-Macon College

Meg Guignon | Washington and Lee University
Anna Soroka | Washington and Lee University
Allison Webb | Washington and Lee University

All-ODAC Honors

Four Yellow Jackets were also honored for their performances this season. Hall received a spot on the All-ODAC First Team for the second time in her career. Clark and Fitzwater were each honored with All-ODAC Second Team places. Koch was a member of the All-ODAC Third Team.

  • Through the end of the ODAC Tournament, Hall tallied 324 kills on the season, a 3.12 kills/set clip. She owned a .226 hitting percentage as well. Additionally, she tallied 158 digs and 32 blocks.
  • Clark totaled 253 kills through Saturday's match. She also sent 71 blocks back down while totaling 11 service aces and hit at a .213 clip. It's her third year in a row being honored with an All-ODAC team placement
  • Fitzwater will graduate with one of the Top 10 marks in Randolph-Macon history for total blocks. Through Saturday, she tallied 263 blocks total, placing her ninth in school history. She tallied 86 for two seasons in a row, both 2017-18 and 2018-19. She has hit .360 this season, which is a Top 30 mark in the country and first in the ODAC.
  • Koch also had a tremendous season at the net. She totaled 94 blocks and also made 144 kills on 313 attacks, which was good for a .355 hitting percentage, which was second in the ODAC and a Top 50 mark in the nation.  

OLD DOMINION ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

2018 All-ODAC Volleyball Awards

Player of the Year | Rachel Gaston, Jr. OH, Bridgewater

Coach of the Year | Erin Harris, Bridgewater

Rookie of the Year | Linsey Bailey, Fr., OH, Roanoke

ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete | Rachel Gaston, Jr., OH, Bridgewater

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM

Rachel Gaston | Jr. | OH | Bridgewater

Victoria Wilson | Sr. | S | Bridgewater

Miranda Hall | Jr. | OH | Randolph-Macon

Linsey Bailey | Fr. | OH | Roanoke

Amber Matalus | Jr. | MH | Virginia Wesleyan

Elly Cosgrove  | Sr. | L | Washington and Lee

Allison Webb | Jr. | OH | Washington and Lee

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM

Taylor McNeely | Jr. | L | Bridgewater

Tina Eucker | Jr. | S | Guilford

Sydney Frink | Jr. | OH | Lynchburg

Mariah Clark | Sr. | RS | Randolph-Macon

Emily Fitzwater | Sr. | MH | Randolph-Macon

Meg Guignon | Sr. | OH | Washington and Lee

Anna Soroka | Jr. | S | Washington and Lee

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM

Christian Ritter | Jr. | OH | Guilford

Lauren Stanford | Jr. | L | Lynchburg

Autumn Troxell | Sr. | OH | Randolph

Sydney Koch | Fr. | OH | Randolph-Macon

Sydney Daniel | Sr. | OH | Roanoke

Kristina Scott | Sr. | OH | Virginia Wesleyan

Courtney Berry | So. | MB | Washington and Lee

Other Notes

  • Randolph-Macon has hosted the ODAC Championship for five years in a row. The last time it was not in Ashland was the 2013 season when it was hosted by this year's victor, Washington and Lee
  • W&L wins its 16th championship in 22 appearances in the ODAC title game. R-MC appeared for the 10th time and has won a total of six championships, including the previous three in a row from 2015-2017
  • As a regionally-ranked team, Randolph-Macon will keep an eye out for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, however the Generals will receive the ODAC's automatic bid. The selection show will be Monday, November 5 at 12:30 PM and will be streamed at NCAA.com.