LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Randolph College volleyball team returns to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament for the first time since 2015 after securing the eighth and final seed in the tournament standings.
The WildCats will face-off against top seed Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in Crenshaw Gym.
How It Happened: Shenandoah University's 3-0 loss to Guilford College on Saturday, Oct. 27 saw both the Hornets and the WildCats with 4-8 ODAC records. However, Randolph's 3-0 win over Shenandoah back in September handed them the edge over the Hornets to clinch the eighth seed in the tournament.
Last Meeting: Randolph last met with the YellowJackets on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the RAD where the WildCats fell in straight sets (20-25, 19-25, 24-26). Autumn Troxell landed 11 kills to lead the offense while Mackenzie Ambrose recorded 10 digs to lead the defense and Brooks Gillerlain dished out 18 assists.
The WildCats: Troxell leads the team with 363 total kills, which places her third overall in the conference, while her 3.46 kills per set ranks her fourth in the ODAC. Ambrose ranks second on the team with 237 kills and stands second in the ODAC with 49 service aces and a 0.47 service ace per average. Gillerlain has accumulated 600 assists for Randolph this season, averaging 5.66 assists per set to stand 11th in the conference while Kennedy Webb has recorded 363 digs to rank first on the team and eighth in the ODAC.
The YellowJackets: Miranda Hall sits first on the team with 284 kills, averaging 3.05 kills per set. Emily Fitzwater stands first in the conference rankings in hitting percentage (.350) and third in blocks per set (0.86) while Sidney Koch stands second in the ODAC with a .341 hitting percentage and 0.98 blocks per set.
ODAC Tournament History: Randolph last appeared in the tournament in 2015, cementing its spot as the seventh seed after defeating Lynchburg in five sets. The WildCats went on to face Virginia Wesleyan University in the quarterfinal round but ultimately fell, 3-0, to the host Marlins. For the fifth-straight season, Randolph-Macon claimed the top spot in the regular season and is looking for its seventh ODAC crown.