HIRAM, OH -- Two Yellow Jackets made nearly 20 kills each as Randolph-Macon Men's Volleyball closed its inaugural season out with a win against Hiram Friday evening.
Score: Randolph-Macon 3, Hiram 2 (15-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-22, 26-24)
Location/Venue: Hiram, Ohio/Price Gymnasium
Records: Randolph-Macon (11-15), Hiram (6-22)
How It Happened
- Hiram opened up with a 4-0 lead and the Terriers remained in control for much of the first set. Randolph-Macon was able to get closer with a kill by junior Lee Olenyik (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) and another from freshman Lenny Sampson, Jr. (Chesapeake, Va. / Indian River), which cut the lead to seven, but Hiram finished on a 6-3 run to win the first set 25-15.
- R-MC used Hiram errors to force four ties within the first ten points to open the second set. From there, R-MC put together a nice collection of kills, with junior Corban Jungers (Richmond, Va. / J.R. Tucker) hitting a trio of them in a row, Olenyik adding two and freshman Scotty Carter (Virginia Beach, Va. / Frank W. Cox) converting one. The kills helped give R-MC a 17-15 edge and Randolph-Macon was able to keep the lead until Olenyik made the final kill of the set as R-MC won 25-22.
- Randolph-Macon opened the third set with a pair of service aces by junior Brian Stephen (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover). But Hiram pushed for 13 of the next 16 points. The lead served the Terriers well as they completed the 25-13 victory.
- The fourth set was played much tighter, especially early, when Randolph-Macon got an early 7-4 lead. Hiram scored four of the next five, tying the set at 8-8. The set would tie at each of the next five points until R-MC took a two point advantage on a Hiram service error and a kill by Sampson. Hiram used a timeout to start a 3-1 run that tied the match at 18-18. But the Yellow Jackets closed on a 7-4 run to win the set 25-22 and force a deciding fifth set.
- In the last set, Hiram hit a pair of kills, getting in front 2-0. But R-MC answered with three points of its own. The Terriers tied at 3-3, but R-MC got a new two-point lead with a pair of kills by Jungers. Hiram answered once more and tied the set at 5-5 before R-MC went in front by two yet again. The teams traded points to an R-MC 9-8 edge, but Hiram took the lead with a 4-1 run. The set quickly passed the normal deciding mark of 15 points, as the teams tied at each point up to a 24-24 tie, with neither team pushing in front by the needed two to win. Randolph-Macon ended the match by taking advantage of a pair of attack errors by Hiram, winning the set and the match 26-24.
Inside The Numbers
- R-MC hit .536 in the fourth set and .250 for the match.
- Jungers led the team with 18 kills on 30 attacks and did not make a single error, tallying a .600 hitting percentage. Olenyik also added 17 kills. Both totaled 19.5 points in the match.
- Olenyik also led the team in blocks with four, including the team's lone solo block. Freshman Dayne Iverson (Pasco, Wash. / Chiawana) was close behind with three blocks and Sampson finished with two.
- Freshman Connor Logan (Montpelier, Va. / Patrick Henry) led the team defensively with nine digs. Olenyik and Carter each had seven digs on the game.
- Stephen made 45 assists, which is both a season-high and career-high for the junior. It was the Yellow Jackets' third five-set match this season.
- Stephen also made two service aces. Jungers and Sampson each added one.
Spring Break Trip Service
While on this Spring Break trip through Ohio, the team participated in community service work. Before facing Wittenberg University last night, the Yellow Jackets helped clean up along the Mad River Gorge, just outside of WU's home of Springfield, Ohio.
The team also visited the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio before tonight's contest.
Inaugural Season Concludes
Randolph-Macon concludes its inaugural season at 11-15 and finishes seventh in the Continental Volleyball Conference with a record of 4-7 in the CVC.