SALEM, Va. – The Randolph College volleyball team capped of its weekend at the Maroon Classic with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-20) loss against Sewanee University and a 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-11, 25-13) win over Ferrum College in the Cregger Center.
Game 1: Sewanee 3, Randolph 0
The Tigers were fast out of the gates, putting up a 7-3 lead over the WildCats and continued to hold the advantage as they increased the margin to 12-4 off of a 5-1 run. However, the WildCats pushed onward, chipping away at Sewanee's lead slowly and eventually trimmed the deficit to 24-23 but the Tigers landed one more kill to take the opening set.
In the second frame, the Tigers jumped out to a big 10-3 advantage and continued to hold on to that lead over the WildCats, cruising to a 25-12 set win.
The final set started out on even footing as the WildCats and the Tigers evened the score several times. However, it would be Sewanee that would end up grabbing the advantage off of a 5-1 burst and forcing Randolph into a timeout. Coming out of the break, the Tigers maintained a six-point edge over the WildCats but Randolph managed to slice the deficit to four (24-20) but it would not be enough as the Tigers claimed the third set win and the match victory.
Autumn Troxell (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) led the team with nine kills while Rebecca Lesnak (Blountville, Tenn./Sullivan Central) added four kills and Taylor Webb (Nassawadox, Va./Northampton) and Olivia Pullin (Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry) chipped in three kills each. Webb also distributed a team-high 11 assists while Brooks Gillerlain (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) dished out nine assists. Sam Verhaagen (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) led with 11 digs while Kennedy Webb (Nassawadox, Va./Northampton) recorded eight digs.
Game 2: Randolph 3, Ferrum 1
Ferrum held a 5-2 lead in the start of the opening set but the WildCats rattled off a 10-3 run to jump ahead of the Panthers. Randolph maintained the advantage, despite the Panthers making quick work of trimming the deficit, eventually roping the score to 14-13. However, the WildCats would not relinquish their lead, pushing ahead to 23-17 before Lesnak and Troxell each delivered a kill to seal the win for Randolph.
In the second set, Ferrum once again held the lead but the WildCats were close on their tails, only trailing by one or two points before the Panthers increased their advantage to 18-10 off of a 6-0 burst. Ferrum pushed its advantage to 22-12 but an 11-2 rally from the WildCats cut the score to 24-23. However, a Randolph receiving error would give the win to Ferrum, evening the teams to one set apiece.
The WildCats were off and running in the third set, rolling out a 10-2 edge over the Panthers and never let off the pressure as the WildCats' lead grew to 19-5. Ferrum managed to trim the deficit to 21-11 but a 4-0 run by Randolph sealed the win for the WildCats.
Despite a close 4-3 score in the final frame, a 5-1 burst from Randolph handed the WildCats a 9-4 lead. The Panthers fought to trim the deficit, managing to bring the score within two (11-9), but the WildCats could not be stopped as an 11-3 run gave Randolph the set victory and the match win.
Troxell floored 17 kills and 16 digs for the WildCats while Lesnak and Lauren Morgan (Bedford, Va./Liberty) delivered eight kills each. Gillerlain finished the day with a team-high 19 assists and nine digs while Taylor Webb dished out career-high 17 assists. Kennedy Webb was the second WildCat to notch double-figure digs, recording 16, while Verhaagen chipped eight digs for the defense.
Randolph improves to 3-6 on the season and will begin Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play when it travels to Hollins University on Wednesday, Sept. 13 for a 7 p.m. match up.