Barrett Posts 1,000th Kill as Marlins Drop Battle of Regional Powers
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College volleyball team fell in its last regular-season home game of 2015, dropping a four-set decision to the University of Mary Washington, 16-25, 28-30, 25-22, 17-25 on Tuesday.
Junior Tiffany Barrett posted her 1,000th career kill in the fourth set. She became the fifth Marlin to top the 1,000th kill plateau, and first since current assistant coach Kala Herman '12.
Mary Washington jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the first set and led throughout to seize momentum of the match.
The Marlins responded in the second set with an early 8-1 lead, but began to slowly inch back into the game on kills from Leslie Walters and Marlin errors.
Ryan Cho's service ace knotted the score at 20 after VWC led the entire set. No team gained more than a one point edge until Mary Washington won the set on an attack error.
The Marlins capitalized in the third set, getting the match into a crucial fourth set that was needed for Barrett to top 1,000 kills on Tuesday.
Virginia Wesleyan's only lead in the fourth set was at 1-0, but the biggest point of the set came with Mary Washington lead 18-14. Emilee Pierson received the dig and back-set Barrett on the left side of the net. Barrett sent an attack cross-court that couldn't be handled by the Eagles, giving the junior the rare feat.
Rachel Hendricks finished with 20 kills for Mary Washington (20-6) while Walters added 15. Emma Olson led all players with 42 assists, topping the 2,000 mark for her career in the process as Jenna Yost finished with 23 digs.
Barrett finished with 18 kills, giving her 1,001 for her career. Pierson led the Marlins with 19 assists as Barrett contributed 20 digs.
Virginia Wesleyan (22-8) travels to Roanoke College on Sunday to face the Maroons and Averett University.
ODAC TOURNAMENT UPDATE
The top eight teams make the ODAC volleyball tournament with quarterfinal games held at the higher seed. The semifinals and championship would then all be played at the highest seed remaining.
Virginia Wesleyan currently holds the No. 2 seed due to a head-to-head win over Washington and Lee earlier this month. Sunday's match with Roanoke College has importance because should the Maroons win, there would be a tie between the two with the head-to-head tiebreaker going to Roanoke.
Due to the end-of-year schedules, the only team locked in is Shenandoah at the No. 5 seed. A win by Randolph-Macon would secure the No. 1 seed. A loss to Washington and Lee would result in a three-way tie at the top of the standings in the Marlins can defeat Roanoke.
Randolph currently holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Bridgewater so the WildCats will be in the ODAC tournament with a win over Lynchburg on Wednesday, and could be as high as the No. 7 seed.
Standings only reflect ODAC games. Number of games left is not the overall number, just games left against ODAC competition.
1. Randolph-Macon (10-0) - 1 left (at Washington and Lee)
2. Virginia Wesleyan (9-1) - 1 left (at Roanoke)
3. Washington and Lee (9-1) - 1 left (vs. Randolph-Macon)
4. Roanoke (8-2) - 1 left (vs. Virginia Wesleyan)
5. Shenandoah (6-4) - 1 left (vs. Hollins)
6. Emory & Henry (4-6) - 1 left (vs. Guilford)
7. Lynchburg (4-6) - 1 left (vs. Randolph)
8. Randolph (3-7) - 1 left (at Lynchburg)
9. Bridgewater (3-7) - 1 left (vs. Eastern Mennonite)