November 2, 2013

Volleyball Finishes Above .500 For First Time Since 1997

BLUEFIELD, W. Va. -- For the first time since 1997, Randolph will finish above .500, as the WildCats topped Bluefield St.

Randolph (12-11) beat the Blues for the second time this year. At the RAD Center earlier this year, the WildCats took a three set win.

Wrapping up a strong season was junior Jordan Templin (Ferrum, Va./Franklin Co.) who will finish the 2013 season as the ODAC's leader in kills per set after her 17-kill performance this afternoon. 

She also obliterated the program's season record in the category, which was 3.17, set by Ginger Raymond in Randolph's last winning season. She also currently is the program's career leader in the category and just short in hitting percentage.

The outside hitter now is within 100 kills of the career record in kills.

As a team, Randolph broke that year's program record in that category, 10.87 and came up just shy in hitting percentage, .192.

In addition, for the third straight year, the team broke the season record in assists per set.   

Juniors Lexi Harrington (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) and Kerry McMichael (Westminster, S.C./West Oak) found their ways into the program's single-season top 10 lists in digs and assists, respectively.

Harrington dug 15 balls today.

First-year Skyler Wood (Concord, Va./Rustburg) had seven kills, one shy of her career best.

"I'm thankful for a good season and I'm proud we could do something we haven't done since 1997 by having a winning record," head coach Johnathan Willis said. "Not only did we have a winning record, but we did it in the midst of lots of adversity with injuries. Our athletes never quit and we supported each other through and through and as a coach I couldn't be more proud."