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WildCats Fall to Guilford in Straight Sets

Sam Verhaagen receives the ball
Sam Verhaagen receives the ball

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Randolph College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (21-25, 12-25, 19-25) decision to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe and host Guilford College on Wednesday evening in the Ragan Brown Field House.

Despite a close score in the opening set, the WildCats took hold of a 13-10 lead off of a 4-1 run, pushing the Quakers into a timeout. Coming out of the break, Randolph continued its heavy offensive attack, extending its margin to 19-16, but the Quakers responded with a 4-0 rally to jump ahead, 20-19. After a brief intermission called by the WildCats, Randolph was able to level the score to 21-all but the Quakers rattled off four straight points to take the set.

Guilford grabbed a 3-1 lead in the second set and never relinquished its lead as the Quakers pushed to a 14-7 margin. Randolph managed to trim the deficit to 15-11 but it would be the closest the WildCats would get before Guilford stormed ahead on a 10-1 burst to win set two.

Randolph opened the final set with a solid 6-2 lead over the Quakers but Guilford was quick to respond with a 5-0 run, forcing Randolph to take a timeout. The Quakers maintained the lead but the WildCats were right on their tail, keeping the score within one (14-13). Guilford managed to shake off Randolph with a 6-1 burst but the WildCats rattled off five points of their own to once again rope the score to 20-19. Still that would be the closest Randolph could get to the Quakers as Guilford drilled five points to seal the match.

Taylor Webb (Nassawadox, Va./Northampton) floored 10 kills to lead the offensive efforts, adding four assists and six digs. Autumn Troxell (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) landed seven kills and 10 digs for the WildCats while Kennedy Webb (Nassawadox, Va./Northampton) recorded a team-high 15 digs and Brooks Gillerlain (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) dished out 18 digs for the match.

The WildCats fall to 4-10, 1-4 ODAC and will look for their second conference win on Saturday, Sept. 30 when they travel to Bridgewater College for a 1 p.m. match-up.