Marlins Continue Historic Run with First ODAC Volleyball Title

Virginia Wesleyan made the most of its second appearance in an ODAC volleyball championship match as the Marlins won an outstanding battle at the net with Randolph-Macon, 3-1, to hoist their first conference trophy in program history. With the win, VWU earns the ODAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Result | #2 Virginia Wesleyan def. #1 Randolph-Macon, 3-1 (25-17, 15-25, 25-17, 29-27)
Venue | Crenshaw Gymansium at Randolph-Macon College
Records | Virginia Wesleyan (28-7; program record), Randolph-Macon (25-8)

 - net play characterized this match with both teams combining for 19 blocks; on many occasions, blocks provided a change of momentum as well as cushion in the score box
 - After R-MC enjoyed a 3-2 early lead in the first set, VWU earned 11 of the next 13 points en route to an 8-point lead in the first set; R-MC got as close as four points before the Marlins pushed out to a 25-17 win
 - the Yellow Jackets regrouped in the second set, posting the first five points of the frame and a 13-5 lead following its initial push; R-MC pushed down the pedal, rattling 9-of-10 points on the way to a 23-12 lead before closing with a 25-15 win
 - the right-side court again proved a winner in the third set, although the pacing differed from the previous stanzas with three times before either team reach 10 points; Virginia Wesleyan eventually worked its way to a 21-14 advantage with several 2-for-1 trades on the way to a 25-17 win
 - the fourth set was back to an early advantage for one school with VWU opened a 4-1 lead before R-MC pulled back to force three ties, the last at 9-9; VWU again climbed out a 3-point lead with R-MC responding for a 14-14 tie; that trend would continue with the Marlins pushing small leads only to see the Yellow Jackets storm back; R-MC fought off four match-point attempts before the Marlins got the final marker they needed via an Elizabeth Britton kill at 29-27

 - VWU middle Amber Matalus led all players with 18 kills at a .368 attack percentage; she added six digs and five assisted blocks; she was responsible for a match-best 20.5 points
 - Elizabeth Britton added 11 kills and 22 digs for VWU, while Alyssa Taylor picked up a match-high 24 digs; Kathryn Yeager hammered 8 kills while Greta Coss chipped in 7 kills; Sarah Brush came away with 16 digs
 - setters Meghan Wood and Haley Sutton had 24 assists each
 - Bailey Jones and Miranda Hall collected 16 and 15 kills, respectively, to lead R-MC's attack; Hall hit .343 while Jones posted a .297 attack percentage
 - Grace Parker registered 10 kills with a team-best 18 digs; Angela Tender led R-MC's four setters with 28 assists; Macguire Gubba added 13 helpers and 13 digs; Madison Warlick posted 15 digs

Guilford | Tina Eucker
Randolph-Macon | Miranda Hall, Madison Warlick
Virginia Wesleyan | Elizabeth Britton, Amber Matalus, Alyssa Taylor
Washington and Lee | Courtney Berry

The selection show for the NCAA Division III Tournament is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 11. It will be aired on Virginia Wesleyan will learn its destination for early round play, while Randolph-Macon, which was regionally ranked entering the weekend, will await to see if it earns an at-large bid to the field.