Marlins Take Final Three to Down WildCats

Allison Mackley led all players with a match-high 24 digs
Allison Mackley led all players with a match-high 24 digs

Marlins Take Final Three to Down WildCats

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Randolph College won the first set Friday night, but the Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team rallied to take the final three sets in a 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 25-11 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory.

Neither team garnered more than a three point lead in the first set until late in the frame when Randolph took the 24-19 lead on a Taylor Webb kill.

Facing multiple set points, the Marlins sided out on an attack to cut the deficit to four. A kill by Amber Matalus and another Randolph error made it 24-22, forcing the WildCats to take use a timeout. Kristina Scott came out of the timeout, serving an ace to cut the lead to a single point. A Randolph attack error evened the score while capping a 5-0 VWU run. Randolph won the next two points on a pair of errors to claim the first set.

Randolph led 9-7 early in the second set before a 6-0 Virginia Wesleyan put the Marlins ahead for good. The WildCats managed to battle back to tie the contest at 18, but could not regain the lead in the set. Virginia Wesleyan scored the next six points to go up 24-18. A kill by Matalus ended the set while evening the match at a set a piece.

Randolph College led late in the third set, 22-19, looking to regain all the momentum in the match, but the Marlins had other ideas. Virginia Wesleyan scored the final six points of the set to steal the win away. Scott had two kills in the six-point spurt, while Dare Wright and Elizabeth Britton added a kill each.

The Marlins ran away with the fourth set, forcing nine attack errors. Randolph scored consecutive points only twice in the set as the VWU defense kept the hosts at bay. The Marlin offense put the match away with a .281 hitting percentage in the fourth, culminating in 12 kills.

Autumn Troxell led all players with 21 kills to go with 20 digs for Randolph (4-7/1-1) while Brooks Gillerlain contributed 22 assists.

Doneisha Hall and Matalus had nine kills each for the Marlins. Emilee Pierson had 17 assists while Allison Mackley finished with a match-high 24 digs.

Virginia Wesleyan (7-4/2-0) travels to Lynchburg College (5-4/0-2) on Friday for a 7 p.m. ODAC match.