HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Three Yellow Jackets hit for double-digit kills and R-MC took the #12 Juniata Eagles to five sets, but Randolph-Macon could not find the needed points for the win and tallied the program's first lost since September 9, ending the Yellow Jackets' ten game win streak. The team dropped to 14-4 on the season.
Randolph-Macon got off to the hot start, scoring the first four points of set one before Juniata began to fight back ant took the lead 7-5. R-MC found three more points before Juniata went on an 8-1 run, taking Juniata's lead to 15-9. Randolph-Macon jumped back into the driver's seat with a run that tied the score at 15 a piece. The teams traded runs, with Juniata finding the lead again and R-MC coming back for another tie at 20-20. With the score in the Eagles' favor, 23-21, R-MC fired off the final four straight points to overtake the lead and win by the needed two, winning 25-23.
The Yellow Jackets started out on top of set two as well. They took the set to a 6-3 lead until Juniata tied it at 6 each and then again at 7-7. R-MC found four straight points from there, taking the lead 11-7. But the Eagles answered. Juniata scored the next ten of the next 12 points to take the lead to 17-13. R-MC tried to bounce back and brought the set within two points, but Juniata fired off another five points before finding the final one as well and winning 25-20.
In set three, R-MC started its first run with three points to advance a lead from a 4-4 tie. Senior Julia Stech (Chester, Va. / LC Bird) served up an ace to help R-MC get ahead 7-4. The Yellow Jackets found another four points to make it 12-7 before the teams began trading points and small runs, though R-MC didn't relinquish the lead until the score tied at 18 each. Juniata advanced for eight of the last ten points to win 25-19.
Juniata took the early jump in set four, taking leads of 5-2 and 12-6. But R-MC found the right footing and began advancing on the Eagles, scoring 12 of the next 14 points and jumping ahead 18-15. Randolph-Macon would not give up the lead and won set four 25-22.
In the deciding set, R-MC jumped ahead 3-1 on a rally of three points and then another two in a row, but never had the lead back after the Eagles tied the game at 6-6. Juniata was able to secure set five 15-8 for the match victory.
Sophomore Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led all players on the court with 17 kills. She was joined in the double digits by junior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads) and senior Rebecca McGilvery (Warrenton, Va. / Kettle Run) who had 16 and 14 kills respectively. Senior Morgan Seal (Midlothian, Va. / Midlothian) threw in four kills to the Yellow Jackets' total of 58. McGilvery also scored two service aces to total three for R-MC when combined with Stech's.
Senior Erin Quinn (Morrisville, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) led the Yellow Jackets in assists with 28 and was followed by sophomore Angela Tender, who tallied 23. Both also contributed defensively with 10 and 7 digs respectively,
Senior Samantha Sallade (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) was Randolph-Macon's dig leader with 28. She was followed up by McGilvery who totaled 15.
Randolph-Macon came up huge at the net again. Hall had three blocks, with two of them being solo efforts. McGilvery and sophomore Bailey Jones each had a solo block as well, with Jones also throwing in a block assist. Clark, senior Colleen Beaver (Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax) and junior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) each had three blocks, all assisted. Sophomore Alexia Wolfe added a block along with three kills on eight attempts.
Randolph-Macon wraps up the three-game road trip at Washington & Lee on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The team then returns home for four games in a week in Crenshaw, beginning with Bridgewater visiting Ashland on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 PM.