UNION, N.J. – Randolph-Macon Men's Volleyball split the day at the Kean Tri-Match on Saturday as the Yellow Jackets defeated Lehman but fell to Kean to finish a weekend trip through New Jersey.
Kean 3, Randolph-Macon 0
Randolph-Macon (8-8, 3-3 CVC) faced a tall task in the reigning Continental Volleyball Conference champions as well as the fifth-ranked team in the nation. Kean took an early lead with a 9-3 run before R-MC made it just a three-point set with a 3-1 run of its own. R-MC continued to play closely as the Yellow Jackets cut the Kean lead to 13-14 before Kean extended it back out to three with a 3-0 run of its own. The Cougars limited R-MC to just three more points from then on, closing out the 25-16 win.
Randolph-Macon took an early lead in the second frame. Jumping out 5-1 and then 6-3, R-MC enjoyed the comfortable edge, but Kean came back quickly. A 4-0 run gave the Cougars the lead and the teams traded points to ties at 10-10, 12-12 and 13-13. Kean did not allow another pair of points together for R-MC until late in the frame when they had a four-point edge, which R-MC cut to 21-19 with the last points of the set for the Yellow Jackets at Kean won 25-19.
With the momentum, Kean jumped out to a 10-3 advantage in the third set and got another pair of runs, one of 5-0 and another of 4-0. R-MC never scored more than a point in a row for the rest of the third set as the Cougars won 25-11 and took the match.
Juniors Corban Jungers (Richmond, Va. / J.R. Tucker) and Lee Olenyik (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led the team with six kills each. Jungers hit .429 on 14 attacks and did not make a single error. Junior Brian Stephen (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led the team with 14 assists as well.
Randolph-Macon 3, Lehman 0
The Yellow Jackets hit .250 en route to the 3-0 win in the second game of the afternoon. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 10-4 lead and kept the pressure on making a 5-1 run through the middle of the first set. R-MC won the set 25-14.
The second set played out much closer than the first. Lehman got ties at 4-4 and 5-5 before taking the edge 8-6 and 11-7. R-MC approached Lehman, but the Lightning still held onto the lead and was able to get ahead as many as four with the 16-12 advantage. But from there, R-MC pushed forward quickly and got a service ace from freshman Kyle Alberici (Cicero, N.Y. / Cicero North Syracuse) to help cut the lead. R-MC got the lead back with a 4-0 and a service ace from freshman Lenny Sampson, Jr. (Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River). Lehman came back to tie it at 20-20 and 21-21, but R-MC used a 4-2 run to close the set out with a 25-23 win.
The third set was similar to the second. R-MC jumped out to a 5-3 lead, but a 4-0 run by the Lightning helped push them ahead 7-5. Randolph-Macon reclaimed the lead on a 4-1 run but the push-and-pull dynamic was afoot as Lehman battled back and to the lead before going on a 5-0 run to stay ahead. The Yellow Jackets launched a nice rally of their own, going 7-2 to take the one point edge at 20-19. Lehman scored three in a row to go ahead 22-20, but R-MC rallied for the final five in a row to win 25-22.
Sampson and freshman Scotty Carter (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) led the Yellow Jackets with ten kills each. Sampson hit .389 in the match on 18 attacks. He also led the team at the net with three blocks. Stephen led Randolph-Macon with 20 assists. He was followed by freshman Connor Logan (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry), who had nine. Logan also had four digs, which was tied for a team-high with Alberici. Freshman Merrick Gessler (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) also had three digs. Olenyik led the team with three service aces with Carter and Jungers each throwing in two as well.
Randolph-Macon will face CVC foe Marymount in Arlington on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.