VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team dropped #5 Roanoke, 3-0 (25-22, 29-27, 25-16), Wednesday evening in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship Quarterfinal round. With the win the Marlins improve to 16-11 on the year while Roanoke finishes their season at 17-10.
The Marlins will now square off against top-seeded Randolp-Macon at 5 p.m. on Friday.
It was a shaky start for the Marlins in the opening set as the Maroons got out to an early 4-0 lead. The home side would fight back but wouldn't get the lead until late in the stanza as they went up 21-20. The momentum switched in those final moments and a service error by Roanoke gave them the victory. In set two, things were nearly dead even. The Marlins fended off a pair of set points with blocks from Kristina Scott, Sydney Collins and Doneisha Hall. When the Marlins got the opportunity, Hall sent a ball right down the line to secure the second set. The Marlins were then rolling in the third, taking it easily by a score of 25-16 with Lauren Topper recording three solid kills at to close it out.
Elizabeth Britton and Amber Matalus headed the offense as both came away with 11 kills. Hall would add eight to help the cause. Aiding the offense were setters Meghan Wood and Katie Costin who finished with 20 and 16 assists, respectively.
Defense also played a big part in the win as five different players registered a block, led by Matalus' three. Sarah Brush had an impressive night as the libero recording a team-high 23 digs.