For Immediate Release – 10/22/16 - #095
'Cats Slip Up Against Salem in Volleyball Action
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Randolph College volleyball team played in a tri-match at Salem College on Saturday. However, one of the games served as an exhibition as it was against a community college. The other was against Salem in a rematch of a thriller from earlier this year. However, the WildCats fell 3-0, with scores being 14-25, 13-25, and 23-25.
The hosts jumped out to an early lead and extended it midway through the first. Alex Mariona had the early highlight as she slammed home a Brooks Gillerlain set. SC pushed it further following a Shelby Bergum block, before the WildCats made a valiant comeback. The 'Cats scored five straight, as Autumn Troxell notched three kills and Bergum added one. The Spirits responded with five of six to regain their commanding advantage. The teams traded points over the final rallies of the set, but Troxell (two kills) and Lauren Morgan (one) were not enough to bring Randolph back.
The second started very closely, as the WildCats took an early 6-4 lead. Mariona had the lone kill in that run. The sides traded points as Rebecca Lesnak and Bergum each finished off Gillerlain assists. But Salem came right back with a large run. Eight of nine went to the home side, before Mariona ended it with a block. Troxell followed Mariona with an ace, but the Spirits responded with a big burst to take the second set.
Despite going down 2-0, the 'Cats took the momentum early in the third set. After two points by Salem, Randolph scored seven of nine. Troxell and Lesnak each slammed home two balls during the set. The two sides exchanged two-point streaks, with Gillerlain getting a sneak-attack kill in there. The Spirits then used a small run to tie the score at 10, but Troxell brought it back with three-straight points (two kills around a combined block with Olivia Pullin). SC responded again, tying the score at 14-all, as Troxell interrupted a run by the hosts. But just like the rest of the set, Randolph answered the bell with another run of its own, taking a 19-17 lead. Mariona finished off two sets by Gillerlain during that run. Following points on the other side, Troxell and Bergum made it 21-18 for the WildCats. However, the Spirits scored four in a row, before Bergum ended the run. Troxell kept the match alive after Salem had two more points, but SC succeeded on its second match point.
Troxell finished off an impressive match with 13 kills and eight digs. Gillerlain led the team with 16 assists, while Kennedy Webb recorded a team-high 11 digs in the contest. Taylor Moulton and Kylie Taffer each had 13 kills in the win for the Spirits (11-16 overall).
Randolph (4-20, 2-8 ODAC) returns home for two matches next week. The first is against Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The WildCats will be wearing yellow shoelaces during the tilt, as it will be their Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer match.