COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Randolph-Macon Women's Volleyball senior Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) collected 36 kills, setting two career-highs, as Randolph-Macon faced a pair of unique opponents in the Colorado College Invitational. Both midwestern foes fell as the Yellow Jackets won in the pair of hard-fought matches in Colorado Springs.
Randolph-Macon 3, DePauw 1 (25-19, 22-23, 22-25, 25-15)
In the first set, Randolph-Macon earned a lead early in the frame. The Yellow Jackets got ahead by three, but DePauw quickly tied it back up and advanced a lead of its own. After the score knotted at 14-14, R-MC ripped off seven of the next eight points and used that advantage to win the set 25-19.
DePauw earned the early advantage in the second set. The Tigers got an 8-5 lead and was able to keep it through the early stages. Randolph-Macon pulled back to tie the set with a 6-1 run. The two teams traded points through the remainder of the frame until a DU service error helped spark a 4-0 run for R-MC as the Yellow Jackets won the set 25-22.
In the third set, the Yellow Jackets got behind early. But a 5-0 gave the Yellow Jackets a lead and forced a Tiger timeout. DePauw came back out of the break quickly though, taking its own five-point lead. But R-MC nearly tied the set back up, forcing another DePauw timeout helped reset the Tigers, leading the squad from Indiana to score six of the next eight. While R-MC found a 6-3 run towards the end of the frame, it was not enough as DePauw won the set 25-22.
The fourth set was tight all the way to an 11-11 tie. But R-MC powered ahead from there. The Yellow Jackets never allowed consecutive scores and rattled off two 3-0 runs and a 7-2 run to end the set in a 25-15 win.
Jones had a match and career-high 17 kills and had an attack rate of 53%. Freshman Grace Parker (Andover, N.J. / Pope John XXIII) added 14 kills while sophomore Sydney Koch (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) had ten. Parker added three service aces and had 12 digs. Junior Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) had 19 digs to lead the team. Jones and fellow senior Kai Cunningham each had three blocks. Sophomore Macguire Gubba (Grove City, Pa. / Grove City Area School District) led the Yellow Jackets with 24 assists.
Randolph-Macon 3, Illinois College 2 (27-29, 25-22, 27-29, 25-18, 15-12)
In the first set of the nightcap, Randolph-Macon was able to take an early edge by three at 11-8. But Illinois College hung just close enough that a 4-0 run gave them a lead. The teams battled back-and-forth forcing extra points where IC was able to earn a 3-0 run to win the set 29-27.
The second set was highlighted by a 7-3 run by Randolph-Macon in the middle stages. The run helped R-MC take a sizable lead as the Yellow Jackets won 25-22
R-MC and IC battled to ties at 8-8 and 14-14. R-MC racked up a 6-1 run to take a five-point advantage, but the Lady Blues fought back with a 7-3 run of their own. The set came down to extra points again and IC won 29-27.
Despite the setback, R-MC continued to fight in the fourth set. The first seven points belonged to the Yellow Jackets, including a pair of kills in a row by Jones. That set R-MC up to maintain the lead throughout the set and the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 25-16 victory, setting up a fifth set.
R-MC earned the early lead in the deciding set. The 4-2 advantage quickly faded though, and the teams began trading points back-and-forth. R-MC got a trio of kills, two from Jones and one from Koch to push ahead by three. Illinois College got as close as one, but Randolph-Macon secured the win 15-12 to earn the set and match victories.
Jones set a new career-high for kills, the previous of which had only been standing for about an hour and a half. She put down 19 kills in the win, which also served as the match-high. Parker added 15 kills and Koch grabbed 14. Senior Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River) was in double-figures with 11 as well. Senior Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) collected 30 assists, while Gubba was right behind her with 28, both season-highs. Gubba's 28 marked a career-high for her as well. Parker had two service aces with Tender and Gubba each adding two. Loewe set a new career-high for digs with 37. Cunningham had three blocks while Jones and Wolfe each had two.
The Yellow Jackets return home on Wednesday to face Lynchburg at 7:00 PM.