All R-MC teams earn ODAC honors

This season, every Randolph-Macon sports team was awarded with multiple ODAC awards, individual and team accolades.

The women’s golf team triumphed over many teams, including Bridgewater and Washington and Lee in the ODAC Women’s Golf Championship in April, which they won for the second consecutive year.

Among the many achievements by all the players on both the men’s and women’s golf teams, Olivia Bowling was awarded the ODAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row and juniors Bobby Bradshaw, Jr. and Kyle Fuller, Jr. were also honored at the ODACs.

Among the players’ awards, Coach Leighann Albaugh was also awarded the ODAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams built on the successes from last season. Three women on the tennis team were awarded in the ODACs. Freshmen Kelsie Grice earned Second Team All-ODAC at No. 2 singles, Melissa Tomlin was awarded Second Team All-ODAC honors at No. 5 singles and Molly Jesseman earned Second Team All-ODAC at No. 3 doubles.

Successes were not short on the men’s team either, since senior Michael Baxter and junior Ryan Byrd were named First Team All-ODAC at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore John Adam was awarded Second Team All-ODAC honors.

Among the many achievements of the tennis program, Coach Charles Gray was awarded the ODAC Coach of the Year.

The Yellow Jacket baseball team achieved 24-15 overall and 14-6 in the ODACs. This was the team’s ninth consecutive tournament appearance since 2006.

The regular season saw four All-ODAC accomplishments; sophomore Nicholas Maiolo won the ODAC’s Rookie-of-the-Year honor; junior Glenn McLaughlin won First Team All-ODAC choice as relief pitcher; junior reliever Jake Bram was credited Third Team recognition;- and senior Jamie Hendrick earned his fourth All-ODAC honor as a Third Team starting pitcher.

Additionally, freshman infielder Jordan Schmeer and sophomore outfielder Michael Wallman earned All-Tournament honors for their achievements.

Ranking eighthin the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region, the softball team obtained individual and team awards.

Junior shortstop Sharese Jarvis and sophomore outfielder Christine Simon were named First Team All-ODAC. Junior outfielder Amanda Sopko and sophomore second baseman Sam Moore earned Second Team All-ODAC, while freshman pitcher Kelsey McLaughlin received Third Team All-ODAC honors.

The softball team had a record of 26-12 this season, and for the first time in the program’s history, they reached the championship game of the ODAC Tournament despite falling short of winning the title against Virginia Wesleyan.

The women’s lacrosse team buzzed their way to various successes this spring.

Dominating the field against teams such as Hollins, Sweet Briar and Randolph, the team displayed great ability and quickness.

Among the team’s accomplishments, Junior Betsy Hebert and sophomore Jenelle Whitman were named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team.

The men’s lacrosse team had an improved season this year that culminated in four Jackets winning ODAC honors.

Senior Jason Andrews was named First Team All-ODAC at attack finishing in the top five of various offensive brackets. After defeating Virginia Wesleyan, Andrews became the second all-time in goals scored in a single season for R-MC. Senior Justin Butler earned his third All-ODAC award in his four seasons on the team, being named Second Team midfielder.

Sophomore Nick Benhoff also received Second Team honors, and sophomore Matt DeBiasse received an All-ODAC award as Third Team defenseman.

Furthermore, the dance team received the TRUE U.S. Champion award at the U.S. Finals – Final Destination Cheer and Dance National Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. Leading the team to qualifying for the competition in January, Coach Susan Cassidy and her team made history by winning at the national competition.

The champions were junior captain Katharine Winters, sophomores Martika Williams, Kathleen Lampe and Dory Jackson and freshman Lexie Tsantes. Captain Savannah Kaiser helped the team advance through the qualifying rounds, but could not participate in the Finals due to her studying abroad this semester.

Overall, this spring was comprised of numerous achievements by all our Yellow Jacket teams, and there is much to look forward to next season.

All information obtained through RMC Athletics. Please visit www.rmcathletics.com for more information.

-Jordon Lee ’16, Junior Sports Editor

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