Lynchburg, Va. -- In another episode of the Hill City rivalry, the Hornets tallied a win after rolling the WildCats in stright sets, 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-17).
Returning from a trip to La Verne University, the Lynchburg Volleyball squad went to battle with some of the toughest teams in the West region and the experience showed on Wednesday evening. The Hornets did not allow the WildCats to get above 18 points in any given set and recorded a solid .274 hitting percentage.
All three sets were back and forth affairs until the middle of the set when Lynchburg would usually go on a run, rattling off multiple points to swing the momentum with which they would close out the set.
The Hornets did not lead until mid way through the first set but thanks to a 9-1 run the ladies moved in front 17-12. After trading points, Lynchburg led 20-18 and with kills by senior Jen Garrett and freshman Heaven Jarrell as well as an attack error by Randolph, freshman Disa Haugsdahl clinched the set with a beautiful service ace.
After a run of 14-0 which included included Randolph taking two timeouts to attempt to break the momentum, the Hornets moved up 19-6. After allowing the WildCats to narrow the gap to 22-15, a trio of kills from sophomore Amelia Dalton, freshman Jalissa Linz and Garrett helped the Hornets capture the second set and go up 2-0.
The WildCats were plagued by errors in the third set, committing string of five straight allowed the Hornets to effortlessly grow their lead and with the set coming to a close, Garrett closed out the set with two kills.
The senior outside hitter finished with 15 kills and a handsome hitting percentage of .364. She remains at the top of the ODAC in kills after Wednesday's match increasing her season total to 291, 31 more than the closest competitor.
Jarrell and Dalton pitched in with nine and seven kills respectively. Junior Lynn Walsh and freshman Erin Farina combined for 32 assists and 22 digs while junior Amanda Wrightson dominated the net, recording five blocks putting her at an average of .65 blocks per set on the season.
The ladies travel to the campus of Washington and Lee for a pivotal conference game on Friday with first serve set for 6:30 p.m.