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Volleyball Downs St. Marys (Md.) in Four Sets

Erin Quinn sets the ball.
Senior Erin Quinn (4) sets the ball.

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – Randolph-Macon women's volleyball continued its dominant second half of September with a win over non-conference opponent St. Mary's (Md.) Tuesday night, beating the Seahawks 3-1 (25-12, 26-28, 25-14, 25-17). The Yellow Jackets have now won eight matches in a row.

In the first set, Randolph-Macon asserted dominance at the net with five blocks. Seniors Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) and Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) and Junior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) led the Yellow Jackets with two blocks each in set one. Fitzwater's blocks were both assisted and were her only two for the game, while McGilvery and Beaver had one solo and one assisted block each. McGilvery and Junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads) each had three kills in the first set. R-MC went on a 7-0 run to put the score up to 14-4 and added another five points after giving up a Seahawk point to make the score 19-5. They finished the set with a win 25-12.

In the second set, Randolph-Macon ran off the first seven points of the game with McGilvery in service. But SMC fought back, tying the game at eight. From there, it was a fight to the finish that the Seahawks eventually won 28-26, as they scored the final three straight points to ensure the victory. It was the first set the Yellow Jackets allowed an opponent to win in six matches.

The third set saw R-MC get back into its groove. While playing the first ten points closely, R-MC eventually found five straight points with senior Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) serving to make it 14-8. After giving up a couple points, the Yellow Jackets took the game from 15-11 to 23-11, scoring the eight straight points under the service of Clark. R-MC won set three 25-14.

In the fourth set, after tying the set at one, R-MC score four points before allowing another SMC point.  After getting to 5-3, R-MC scored the next four points and got the score up the 13-7 before the Seahawks found any offense again. After the Seahawks scored three in a row, Quinn began to serve and the Yellow Jackets found four more hard-fought points to go up 18-10 before allowing another SMC point.  The Seahawks found a rash of points and brought it within six at 20-14, but that'd be the closest they'd get as R-MC won the set 25-17.

Reigning Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Week, sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover), was the kill leader on the court again. She totaled 17 kills on 38 attacks for a kill percentage of .316. Clark was not far behind with 13 kills and added two service aces. She added seven digs and two blocks to the defensive efforts as well. Another offensive effort came from senior Morgan Seal (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian), who killed eight volleys and made only one error for a kill percentage of .280 on her 25 attacks. McGilvery heavily contributed to the offense as well, totalling seven kills.

Additional defense came from senior libero Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic). She had 27 digs in the match while also being credited with four assists. Beaver had significant defensive efforts as well, finishing with two solo blocks and three total. Sophomore Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) added two blocks as well while finishing with three kills and no errors on five attacks. McGilvery had eight digs while freshman Mackenzie Loewe also dug up eight volleys defensively.

Quinn was the team's assist leader with 25 while sophomore Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) added 15 assists.

R-MC is now 12-3 on the season. The Yellow Jackets return to Crenshaw Gymnasium tomorrow against Roanoke College at 7:00 PM.