Fredericksburg, Va. – The Yellow Jackets split their final two games of the Mary Washington Invitational in Fredericksburg, losing to Johns Hopkins, but beating Averett Saturday afternoon. R-MC rebounded from a 0-2 first day of the tournament. They are now 5-3 on the season.
Randolph-Macon 0, Johns Hopkins 3
The Blue Jays had control of the match from start to finish. Randolph-Macon mounted a comeback effort in the middle of both the second and third matches before Johns Hopkins pulled away at the end, mounting 10-6 and 10-5 runs. JHU finished with scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-16.
Junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va./Riverheads) led the way in kills for R-MC scoring five in the match. Senior Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run), sophomore Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) and Kai Cunningham (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) each had four as well.
Senior Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va./Peninsula Catholic) led the defensive efforts with 15 digs while six players recorded block assists in the match.
Randolph-Macon 3, Averett 2
In-state foe Averett proved to be a tough match for R-MC but the Yellow Jackets came away with the win in five, winning 26-24, 25-13, 20-25, 23-25 and 15-7. Randolph-Macon had a terrific second and fifth sets to pull away from the Cougars, hitting .217 and .556 percent respectively.
R-MC was led by sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) with 13 kills. Clark added 12 and McGilvery added 11.
Sallade led another strong defensive effort with 20 digs. McGilvery matched her kill total with 11 digs as well and senior Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) added another 11. Quinn was the assist leader as well with 29.
The defensive effort was really on show on the blocking side. The Yellow Jackets totaled 24 assisted blocks and two solo blocks. Sophomore Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) led the way with 8 blocks assisted. Junior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) had two solo blocks.
Randolph-Macon will have its home opener this Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 P.M. in Crenshaw Gymnasium as the team welcomes N.C. Wesleyan to Ashland. The next day, the Yellow Jackets will be visited by Shenandoah at home as well. That game also begins at 7:00 P.M.