Courtesy of Bradley U.
LURAY - Just made it back from Bridgewater College where the Lady Eagles finally returned home after a lengthy road trip. BC did go 4-0 down in Danville this past week end while playing in the Averett Invitational.
The ladies were back in Niniger Hall to face the top team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon made it to town. R-MC brought a 16-5 overall mark (6-0 ODAC) into the match and BC came in at 17-5 (4-3 ODAC). Bridgewater was considerably short handed for the match with three starters out due to illness.
Setter Tricia Davis, mid-hitter Mandy Hill and outside hitter Brittney Wittmer were all absent from the gym at the start of play. The one good sign for the Lady Eagles was for the first time this season I noticed Blair Wampler (James Wood) on the bench without her crutches!
R-MC opened Game 1 on a tear, pushing its lead out to 9-2 before BC found a grove. The lead was down to 14-9 when the home team went on an impressive 7-1 run of their own to take a 16-15 lead. Ashliegh Foor finished the run with a service winner but the visitors answered with 6 straight points to put the opener out of reach. R-MC took game 1 by a final score of 25-18 behind the kills of Alix Macrae and Kendra Smith.
R-MC trailed just once in the second game at 2-1 as they rolled to a 25-13 victory to make it 2-0 for the match. Playing with four hitters standing 6'0 or taller it was easy to understand the Yellow Jackets 6-0 start in Conference Play but it was 5'9 Mallory James that lead the attack in game 2.
James scored four kills in a seven point stretch the lead R-MC to the 12 point victory. Trailing 2-0 with half of your starting line up not in uniform, it would of been an easy time to mail in an effort for game 3. The Lady Eagles did just the opposite by playing their best game of the match in the finale. Katie Baker (Strasburg) picked up 4 of her 7 kills in the 3RD game and Candice Guy (Wilson Memorial) added 3 kills to keep BC in the game.
Bridgewater took the lead at 6-5, 8-6, 11-10 and for the final time at 16-15 on a kill from Foor but Smith answered for R-MC each time. Baker pulled BC to within 20-19 with her final kill but two big blocks from Smith allowed the Yellow Jackets to take Game 3 by a score of 25-21.
BC returns to action on Saturday with a pair of matches down at Sweet Briar College (Just North of Lynchburg). They will face Sweet Briar in an ODAC match at 11:00 A.M. and then play a non-conference match versus Mary Baldwin in the same gym at 1:00 P.M.
* There was a nice crowd at Niniger Hall to welcome the Lady Eagles home for the 1ST time in 18 days. BC will be back at home on 10/22 and 10/30 and will play in the ODAC tourney down at Hollins on 11/7 & 11/8.
Strasburg made it 13 straight Tuesday night at home with a 3-0 sweep over Madison County. The victory over the Mountaineers moves the Rams up to 7-0 in the Bull Run District and 15-2 overall. You can check out the gamer on the match over at http://www.nvdaily.com/ . Strasburg plays its final road match of the regular season Thursday night (10/16) at George Mason High School. After the match with the Mustangs, Strasburg returns to 250 Rams Drive to close out their Bull Run Schedule with a pair of matches, including one versus Rapp.
News from Blacksburg (Va. Tech ) - The Va Tech Women's Club Volleyball team is in the process of updating their site. The rosters are now up and you can see where Kaitlin Smoot (Strasburg) is one of the 12 young ladies to make the Orange Team for 2008-2009.
Next week-end is the dates (Sat-10/25 & Sun 10/26) for the home tournament that will include 30+ teams from around the country. We will include more tourney info as soon as it is available.
Congrats to Kaitlin !
Luray's Volleyball team bounced back from a disappointing 3-0 loss last week at Stonewall Jackson with a 3-0 sweep of Page County at home. Bill Meade's story has the Lady Bulldogs at 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Shenandoah District. Head Coach Julie Rothgeb and her team is in a two team race with Wilson Memorial for the top spot in the district.
Luray's JV squad improved to 14-3 with their victory over Page. Luray hosts Riverheads on Thursday night and Wilson is at Page County. The final Luray-Wilson match is set for Tuesday night 10/21 @ Wilson Memorial.
The Bradley University Volleyball team is hosting a Dig for the Cure Event on October 23RD . The Lady Braves will be hosting their I-74 rival Illinois State. The team will cap off a month long fund raiser with the match and you can learn more by checking out http://www.digforthecure.org/ or http://www.bubraves.com/ . The team photo above is Courtesy of Bradley University. I hope this will start a trend for fund raising in the battle against Breast Cancer.