ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon Women's Volleyball finished its early season non-conference slate with a match against Johns Hopkins Tuesday night. But the Blue Jays proved too much for the Yellow Jackets as JHU earned the win in a five-set thriller. Senior Miranda Hall (Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led the Yellow Jackets with 14 kills.
Score: Johns Hopkins 3, Randolph-Macon 2 (23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11)
Location/Venue: Ashland, Va. / Crenshaw Gym
Records: Johns Hopkins 4-0, Randolph-Macon 6-3
How it Happened
- The Yellow Jackets took a back and forth first set by a score of 25-23. Randolph-Macon got out to an early lead, led by seniors Hall and Alexia Wolfe (Midlothian, Va. / James River), who finished with six and four kills respectively. R-MC's lead was as many as seven when freshman Grace Parker (Andover, N.J. / Pope John XXIII) recorded a kill to make it 11-4. Johns Hopkins made a comeback though, taking the score to 20-20 before pushing to a 23-22 Blue Jay lead. But the R-MC defense then forced three straight JHU errors to give the home team the set win. Senior Angela Tender (Manassas, Va. / Stone Bridge) recorded nine assists while sophomore Macguire Gubba (Grove City, Pa. / Grove City Area School District) added five assists. Parker finished the set with four digs.
- Randolph-Macon got out to an early 4-3 lead in the second frame, thanks to kills by Parker and Wolfe, who continued to impress in set two. Johns Hopkins was able to turn things around though, grabbing a 19-11 lead late into the set. The Yellow Jackets got within eight, but JHU closed the set out with the 25-16 win. Tender finished the game with four digs while seniors Bailey Jones (Suffolk, Va. / Norfolk Collegiate) and Kai Cunningham (Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville) each finished with a block.
- The third set was again a back-and-forth affair, with the Jackets jumping out to a 2-1 lead, thanks to kills from Wolfe and Hall. Jones came on strong early, recording four of Randolph-Macon's first nine kills of the game. The Yellow Jackets made the Blue Jays sweat, bringing the set within four off of strong performances from Wolfe, Jones and Hall. Hall and Jones both finished the set with four kills, while Wolfe finished with three. Sophomore Sydney Koch (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) also recorded two blocks in the frame.
- Neither team could get much momentum early on in set four with both sides keeping the game within two. Parker and Jones had the hot hands early for the Jackets, recording the team's first five kills between them. The game continued to go back and forth, with Randolph-Macon's most notable stretch coming with Gubba serving, which brought the Jackets back from a 18-14 deficit to level things at 18-18. In the final stages of the frame, Parker served up two great balls and back-to-back errors from the Blue Jays allowed the Jackets to take the set 25-23. Jones again led the way with four kills for R-MC with Parker, Hall, and Wolfe all recording two kills. Gubba recorded five assists, with Tender picking up four as well as six digs.
- The Blue Jays jumped ahead in the final set early, taking an 11-6 advantage. Randolph-Macon did grab a five-point run with sophomore Madison Warlick (Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle) serving, which included a pair of kills from Koch, one from Parker and a service ace from Warlick herself. The ace brought the set within two, but JHU finished it out to win the set and match 15-11 and 3-2
By the Numbers
- Hall led the way with 14 kills, with Wolfe adding ten.
- Tender recorded 23 assists and Gubba finished with 17 assists.
- Junior Kristina Smith (Virginia Beach, Va. / Cape Henry) led the way defensively with 16 digs, while Warlick finished with 14.
- Koch tallied four blocks, including one solo block on the night. Jones added three while Wolfe and senior Cunningham each had two.
The Yellow Jackets take a week off and return to Crenshaw Gym next Wednesday for the first Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest of the season, facing Randolph at 7:00 PM. This match concluded R-MC's early-season non-conference slate. The Yellow Jackets will still participate in a trip of non-conference tournaments: the Pikes Peak Challenge and the Wid Guisler Invitational in mid-October and the Emory National Invitational in early November.