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Panther Volleyball Falls in ODAC Home Opener

Molly Patterson
Molly Patterson

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College dropped its ODAC home opener match again Randolph College Wednesday night in Swartz Gymnasium.

Ferrum (3-9, 0-3 ODAC)
Randolph (7-6, 2-2 ODAC)

Randolph def. Ferrum 22-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-18

The Panthers came out hot in the opening stanza, jumping out to a quick lead and hanging on to capture the set 25-22. Randolph answered the call right back to swept the next three sets, and the WildCats were able to get back to the .500 mark in the ODAC on the year. 

Freshman Molly Patterson come out swinging for the Panthers, recording 11 kills while sporting a .471 hitting percentage. Ashlynn Willoughby matched Patterson's 11 kill mark to help the cause. Ashley Roberts was successful in setting the Panthers hitters up, recording 23 assists. Arielle Tritt answered the call as well, notching 15 assists of her own. Roberts also came up big for the Panthers in the dig department as she ended up with 21, enough for a team best. Layura Henley was right behind Roberts with 18 digs on the back row, and also recorded 2 block assists up at the net.

"We started off strong tonight against Randolph, but could not consistently produce. Against strong opponents, we have to be able to find ways to get on the scoreboard but we continue to show that we can compete with these teams. It's just a matter of time until things fall into place as long as we do our part." --Head Coach Ruthanne Duffy

Coach Duffy's squad will hit the road Saturday, September 28 for an ODAC tri-match hosted by Bridgewater College. The Panthers will join the field of Washington and Lee University and Bridgewater College in the weekend twin bill. Ferrum will take on W&L at 1 p.m. and Bridgewater immediately following the first match.