LYNCHBURG, VA – Randolph College sophomore Tori Lange (Riverside, CA/Patriot) posted a career-high eight kills for the WildCats, but her squad couldn't overcome excellent attacking from North Carolina Wesleyan College in a 3-1 non-conference loss Friday evening from the Randolph Athletics and Dance (RAD) Center.
The Battling Bishops (9-5) hit at a .318 clip for the contest, including attacking at nearly .500 in the first contest. NC Wesleyan earned the first set 25-13, as the Battling Bishops finished 18 of their 31 attacks. Randolph (2-14) evened the match at one with a second set victory, taking the set 25-23. In the period Celine Rhodes (Barhamsville, VA/Jamestown) had three aces and Lange added three kills.
The third set went to NC Wesleyan 25-18, as Anna Hart paced her squad with five successful attacks in the period. In the final game of the evening, Meredith Smith chalked up five kills in helping the Bishops take a 25-16 decision.
Randolph was led in the attacking department by sophomore Grayce Darden (Martinsville, VA/Martinsville), who finished with 10 kills. Rhodes finished the game with eight kills, four aces and two assists, while Sam Sublett (Bedford, VA/Staunton River) added five kills and an assisted block.
Sophomore setter Kerry McMichael (Westminster, SC/West Oak) had 18 assists, and Katherine Lesnak (Blountville, TN/Sullivan Central) had a team-high 13 digs. Lange posted her eight kills won just 17 attempts, and she eclipsed her previous game high by three.
Smith finished with 16 kills to lead all hitters, while teammates Taylor Johnson and Hart each finished with double-digit kills. Kristi Lucas registered 47 assists, and Shana Ayers led the game with 14 digs.
The WildCats will get the weekend off before returning to action Wednesday, October 3 at home against Lynchburg College at 6:30 p.m.