SALEM, Va. – Randolph-Macon women's volleyball got a pair of wins over Old Dominion Athletic Conference rivals Saturday in an ODAC Tri-Match at Roanoke College.
Randolph-Macon 3, Ferrum 0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-17)
- After giving up the first point of the set, Randolph-Macon rallied off seven points to take an early lead against the Panthers. That early lead helped keep the distance with FC as R-MC continued to advance towards the winning point. R-MC closed the set on a 9-3 run to win 25-12.
- The momentum continued in the second set as the Yellow Jackets scored six points in a row to start the second set. The frame was marked by plenty of little runs for R-MC as the YJ's never gave up more than one point in any rally for Ferrum. R-MC closed the set with the final five of six points, with two coming on service aces by junior Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge). R-MC won the set 25-7.
- For the third set in a row, Randolph-Macon got an early lead in the frame, going ahead 7-3 before giving up some headway to the Panthers. FC got four of six points through the middle of the set before R-MC ripped off nine in a row to go up 20-8. Ferrum had a rally of its own, getting seven points in a row, but R-MC won the frame 25-17 to get the match victory.
- R-MC hit .309 in the match, including .583 in the second set, making no errors on 24 attacks.
- R-MC was led by senior Mariah Clark (Stuarts Draft, Va. / Riverheads), who made 13 kills on 21 attacks, with just 2 errors, a hitting percentage of .524 for the match. She also made three blocks at the net.
- Clark was joined by freshman Sydney Koch (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) with a good day at the net – Koch made three blocks, as did junior Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate). Koch also had seven kills, while Jones had three.
- R-MC was led defensively by sophomore Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) who made 12 digs. Junior Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) made eight digs and was followed closely by junior Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) who made seven digs.
- Hall also made nine kills while Koch made seven kills.
- Tender led the team with 19 assists. She made a total of three service aces while Clark made two.
Randolph-Macon 3, Roanoke 0 (26-24, 25-12, 25-22)
- In the first set, Roanoke took the early lead 3-0. The lead served the Maroons well as the were able keep the distance for much of the first frame. R-MC only closed on the lead with a series of five Roanoke attack errors and a kill by Wolfe, which tied the set at 19-19. From there, R-MC inched closer to the win with Roanoke close behind. After an RC attack error that tied the set at 24-24, R-MC got kills from Hall and Koch to close the frame with a 26-24 win.
- R-MC got a quick lead in the second set, which helped it keep ahead for most of the set. R-MC got seven of eight points through the middle of the set en route to a 25-12 victory.
- Reverting back to the efforts of the first set, Roanoke and R-MC battled for the first portion of the third set. It was only after the 4-4 tie did the Yellow Jackets hit seven in a row to go up 11-4. Roanoke got a pair of runs through the middle of the set, one that went 5-1 in favor of the Maroons that got the set within three. Then RC hit three in a row to bring the match within three points again before R-MC got set point at 24-18 on a 5-2 run. Roanoke fought back with four points in a row, but Hall made the final kill to win 25-22.
- Hall was the team kill leader in the second match, tallying 12 while Koch checked in with 10.
- Koch, Wolfe and senior Emily Fitzwater (Bealeton, Va. / Liberty) tallied two blocks each, while Clark and Tender each tallied one.
- Tender was R-MC's assist leader with 36.
- Loewe again led the Yellow Jackets defensively with 21 kills while Wolfe was close behind with 11.
- R-MC hit .312 in the second set, making 32 attacks and gaining 15 kills with just five errors.
Randolph-Macon will celebrate Fitzwater and Clark, the team's two seniors, with Senior Night on Wednesday against Hollins at 7:00 PM in Crenshaw Gymnasium.