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Women’s Volleyball Claims Sixth Straight Regular Season Title

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BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Volleyball claimed its sixth straight regular season Old Dominion Athletic Conference title Wednesday evening. The title came via a victory against ODAC foe Bridgewater. The win earns R-MC hosting rights throughout the upcoming ODAC Tournament as well a cements the Yellow Jackets with more regular season titles than any other ODAC program this decade.

The Basics

Score: Randolph-Macon 3, Bridgewater 1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17)

Location/Venue: Bridgewater, Va./Nininger Hall

Records: Randolph-Macon (20-4, 11-0 ODAC), Bridgewater (20-5, 8-3 ODAC)

How It Happened

  • Randolph-Macon started the contest with a fair amount of momentum. The Yellow Jackets took a 5-2 lead as senior Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) made three kills and freshman Grace Parker (Andover, N.J. / Pope John XXIII) tallied a service ace. The Yellow Jackets were able to keep the distance at four or more points and closed the set out with kills from Jones, Parker and sophomore Sydney Koch (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) as R-MC won 25-14.
  • The Yellow Jackets rallied off the first seven points of the second set as well. But Bridgewater repaid the favor. The Eagles found nine straight points to take the lead. R-MC was able to tie it up, but BC began to edge away, tallying a pair of 3-0 runs as part of an overall 6-3 run that gave BC a 18-13 advantage. Randolph-Macon got as close as two after R-MC strung together a 4-0 run, but BC closed the set out with a 25-22 win.
  • That momentum helped Bridgewater take a 6-2 lead in the third frame. R-MC came roaring back though, capturing an 11-10 lead on three errors by BC and a block by Koch and senior Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River). The teams traded points for much of the middle of the frame. The set arrived at ties at 11-11, 13-13 and 14-14. From there, the Eagles rallied off five straight to go ahead 19-14. A timeout helped renew Randolph-Macon though and R-MC finished the set on a 11-3 run, winning the frame 25-22.
  • The Yellow Jackets kept the pressure on to start the fourth set. Jones and Koch each earned kills and Parker set down two service aces as R-MC forced a BC timeout early by scoring the first five points. R-MC came out of the timeout still on fire, going on a 6-3 run to take an 11-3 lead. BC did earn four straight points but the Yellow Jackets had too much control early and it continued throughout the rest of the set as R-MC won the set and match 25-17.

Inside The Numbers

  • Jones led the Yellow Jackets with 14 kills. Parker was close behind with 13 kills.
  • Senior Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) made four service aces, including three in the 7-0 start to the second set. She also led the team with 30 assists. Parker finished with three service aces, while sophomore Macguire Gubba (Grove City, Pa. / Grove City Area School District) made 20 assists.
  • Sophomore Madison Warlick (Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle High) grabbed 26 digs on the night, which tied for the match-high. Parker added 13 and sophomore Mackenzie Loewe (Leonardtown, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) had 10.
  • Jones and Wolfe each had three blocks while Koch added two.

Regular Season Champions

The Yellow Jackets are regular season champions for the sixth time in as many years. R-MC has laid claim to the title each year since 2014. R-MC also has three ODAC Tournament championships in that time frame. By virtue of winning the regular season, R-MC has earned the right to host a quarterfinal match in Crenshaw Gym on the night of Wednesday, November 6. R-MC would continue to host for further stages in the tournament if the Yellow Jackets advance.

Yellow Jackets Third In Regional Rankings

Randolph-Macon learned where it fits in the NCAA South Regional Rankings today. The NCAA rankings committee placed R-MC third in the South region, behind last year's national champion Emory and its fellow Georgia-based school, Berry. R-MC is joined in the rankings by fellow ODAC schools Washington & Lee and Virginia Wesleyan.

The regional rankings are a metric used to determine seedings and at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament. It utilizes strength of schedule and wins among other aspects to place schools within eight regions across the country.

1

Emory

19-2

2

Berry

19-4

3

Randolph-Macon

19-4

4

Washington & Lee

20-5

5

Hendrix

15-5

6

Birmingham-Southern

17-5

7

Sewanee (Univ. of the South)

15-8

8

Virginia Wesleyan

20-7

 

Up Next

Five of R-MC's final six matches are against opponents that are regionally ranked. That stretch begins with Arcadia and Juniata on Saturday. R-MC will face Arcadia, ranked ninth in the Mid-Atlantic region, at 3:30 PM. Note this time has been corrected from a previously listed 1:30 PM start. R-MC will follow that match up with a 6:00 PM tilt against Juniata, which is ranked fourth in the Mid Atlantic region.

Both matches are part of the Wid Guisler Invitational hosted by Juniata in Huntingdon, Pa.