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Women's Volleyball Falls In Two Nail Biters To Nationally Ranked Teams

Women's Volleyball Falls In Two Nail Biters To Nationally Ranked Teams

(ASHLAND, Va.) – Grace Parker (Jr., Andover, N.J. / Pope John XXIII) racked up 47 kills and Randolph-Macon nearly upset two nationally ranked opponents on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets they fell to both No. 1 Johns Hopkins and No. 12 Emory in five sets.

The Basics

Scores: Randolph-Macon 2, No. 1 Johns Hopkins 3 (21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 15-9)
Randolph-Macon 2, No. 12 Emory (13-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13)

Venue: Crenshaw Gym

Records: Randolph-Macon 15-6, No. 1 Johns Hopkins 24-0, No. 12 Emory 19-3

How It Happened (Match 1 vs. Johns Hopkins)

  • The Yellow Jackets broke an 18-all tie with a 5-0 rally on kills by Sydney Koch (Sr., Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson), Grace Parker (Jr., Andover, N.J. / Pope John XXIII), and Macguire Gubba (Sr., Grove City, Pa. / Grove City) to take control of the game en route to an opening set win.
  • RMC held a 13-11 lead in the second before the Blue Jays went on a stretch where they scored nine of the next 10 points to regain momentum. That propelled the visitors to the set win and knotted things up at 1-1.
  • Another late rush by Johns Hopkins propelled the top-ranked team to another set win. With the Jackets up 17-13, the Blue Jays scored 10 of the next 13 to take a 2-1 lead.
  • The Lemon and Black returned the favor in the fourth set to tie the match. Down two, a kill by Parker followed by two JHU errors gave the Jackets a 22-21 lead. After the Blue Jays tied the set on the next point following their timeout, RMC closed the game with the last three points on kills by Parker and Megan Bost (So., Angier, N.C. / West Johnston) sandwiched around an error from JHU.
  • The fifth belonged to the Blue Jays after they created some separation midway through the shortened set. A 5-0 rally gave them an 11-5 lead which proved too much for the Yellow Jackets to overvome.

Inside The Numbers (Match 1 vs. Johns Hopkins)

  • Parker led the Jackets on the attack with 20 kills. She tied JHU's Danielle Norman for match-high honors.
  • Koch finished with 12 kills and hit .361 for the match. She posed problems for the Blue Jays offense all day as she rejected seven attempt on blocks.
  • The Jackets were strong defending the net and blocked 12 overall on in the match.
  • Leslie Currie (So., Mechanicsville, Va. / Hanover) led the team with 24 digs. Five players had at least 10 for the Jackets.

How It Happened (Match 2 vs. No. 12 Emory)

  • The opening set was one of the most dominant that RMC had played all season and matched the biggest deficit the Eagles had lost a game by all season. The Yellow Jackets closed out the set by scoring 12 of the final 15 points to go up 1-0.
  • The Yellow Jackets held a 15-14 lead in the second set before Emory rallied down the stretch. A 5-0 run gave the Eagles the lead for good and they closed the set with five of the last seven points.
  • The third set saw RMC overcome an early deficit to come back and take the win. At one point the Jackets were down seven, but eventually tied the game at 19-all on an ace by Madison Warlick (Sr., Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle). RMC closed out the game with five consecutive kills by Parker.
  • After Emory took the fourth set, the Jackets looked poised to pull off the upset and were up 13-11, but the Eagles managed to comeback and score the next four points to take the win.

Inside The Numbers (Match 2 vs. No. 12 Emory)

  • Parker had another monster match with 27 kills on 61 attempts for a hitting percentage of .344. She added eight digs on the defensive end.
  • Koch led the defense with five blocks.

Up Next

The Jackets head to Virginia Wesleyan to close out the ODAC regular season on Tuesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.