(HUNTINGDON, Pa.) – It was an impressive Saturday for the Randolph-Macon women's volleyball team as it defeated Franklin & Marshall and Arcadia on the second day of the Asics Invitational at Juniata. The Yellow Jackets swept the Diplomats, who were receiving votes in the national polls, in the first match before taking down the Knights in four.
Score: Randolph-Macon 3, Franklin & Marshall 0 (25-6, 25-15, 25-14)
Randolph-Macon 3, Arcadia 1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14)
Venue: Memorial Gymnasium
Records: Randolph-Macon 4-1, Franklin & Marshall 3-2, Arcadia (3-5)
How It Happened (Match 1 vs. Franklin & Marshall)
- The Yellow Jackets came out on fire and dominated the opening set against the Diplomats. They scored the first six points and eight of the first nine en route to a 25-6 win. Madison Warlick (Sr., Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle) helped spark the fast start with three kills and finished with four in the set.
- While the second and third sets were closer, they were still dominated by all means by Randolph-Macon. After the Diplomats scored five consecutive points to get back within two at 16-14, the Jackets answered with a 5-0 run of their own. The Diplomats scored the next point, but RMC closed out the set with the next four.
- The third set saw RMC break away with another 5-0 rally to make the score 12-5. Maddy DeCandido (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va. / First Colonial) served consecutive aces in the middle of the run and Sydney Koch (Sr., Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) capped it with a kill. Five-straight more points gave the Jackets a 20-9 lead, their largest of the set.
- The front line proved difficult for the Diplomats to manage as they tallied six blocks in the set, three of which came during the final five points, including match point.
Inside The Numbers (Match 1 vs. Franklin & Marshall)
- The Jackets totaled 10 blocks in the match. Danielle LaRosa (Sr., Charlottesville, Va. / Albermarle) had another incredible match after recording seven yesterday. She rejected six attacks by the Diplomats.
- Koch led the attack with nine kills on 13 attempts for a hitting percentage of .692. She joined in on the block party with four on the day, one of which was solo. Grace Parker (Jr., Andover, N.J. / Pope John XXIII) joined her with four blocks as well.
- Serving was a strong suit for the Jackets as they had 12 aces. Leslie Currie (So., Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover), DeCandido, and Macguire Gubba (Sr., Grove City, Pa. / Grove City) all had three each.
- Gubba led the team on the receiving end with 19 digs and setting up the offense with 22 assists.
How It Happened (Match 2 vs. Arcadia)
- The Jackets survived a fast start by the Knights who scored the first five of the game. RMC answered with eight of the next 10 points capped by a Gubba kill to take its first lead of the set. The set remained close throughout and was tied as late as 22-all, but the Jackets took advantage of three consecutive Knights errors to go up 1-0.
- Arcadia evened things out in the second after another fast start that saw the Knights go up 8-1. The Jackets fought back and used a late rally to get back within four at 24-20 before the Knights finished the set on the next point.
- Another close set in the third found both teams at 19-all before the Jackets rallied for the next six to take a 2-1 advantage. The Jackets took advantage of five Knights errors down the stretch.
- The fourth saw the Jackets jump out to an early lead as they went up 8-2. The Knights were able to cut the deficit to three before RMC extended the lead again. The Jackets were especially strong down the stretch as they outscored Arcadia 12-4 to seal the win.
Inside The Numbers (Match 2 vs. Arcadia)
- Koch and Parker both finished with a team-high 12 kills. Koch added two solo blocks to give her six total for the day.
- Gubba tallied 35 assists and was one of four Jackets with at least 16 digs. She finished with 17 while Currie led the team with 18. Warlick also had 17 and DeCandido pulled up 16.
Asics Invitational Accolades
- Leslie Currie and Sydney Koch were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Currie totaled 60 digs over the three matches and served seven aces for the weekend. Koch finished with 32 kills and eight blocks over her three matches.
The Jackets remain on the road for the next four matches. They'll open up ODAC play in their next one with a trip to Hollins on Wednesday. First serve is set for 7 p.m.