STAUNTON, Va. – The Randolph College volleyball team earned its first season win with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-4, 25-19) triumph over Mary Baldwin College on Tuesday evening.
The WildCats dominated in the first two sets, capitalizing on the many errors committed by the Fighting Squirrels. However, Mary Baldwin took hold of the lead for the first time in the final set off of a 4-0 run, which it managed to extend to an 8-4 margin, until the WildCats responded with 6-0 spurt of their own.
Randolph would not hold the advantage for very long as the Fighting Squirrels rattled off five points to take the lead once again and force the WildCats into a timeout. Coming out of the break, Mary Baldwin maintained the edge over Randolph but the WildCats soon leveled the score to 17-all. After a brief intermission by the Fighting Squirrels, Randolph's momentum picked up where it left off and never looked back once as the WildCats sealed the set win for their first match victory of the 2017 season.
Each Randolph student-athlete found a chance to shine on the court with Autumn Troxell (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) landing six kills and seven digs to lead the way while Rebecca Lesnak (Blountville, Tenn./Sullivan Central) also floored six kills. Kennedy Moulton (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) recorded five kills in her debut with the WildCats, hitting .571 (5-2-7) while Shelby Bergum (Terrebonne, Ore./Redmond) and Lauren Morgan (Bedford, Va./Liberty) chipped in four kills each to hit .500 (4-1-6).
Randolph moves to 1-4 on the season and returns to action on Friday, Sept. 8 when they compete in the Maroon Classic hosted by Roanoke College. The WildCats face off against Methodist University at 2 p.m., followed by a rematch with Mary Baldwin at 8 p.m.