MARYVILLE, TENN. — Junior outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) totaled a match-high 17 kills to lead the Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over Hanover on Friday at the Maryville College Bicentennial Invitational in the season-opener for both teams. With the victory, W&L Head Coach Bryan Snyder secured the 550th victory of his career.
In the fifth set, the Generals (1-0) jumped out to a 6-2 lead, forcing a timeout by the Panthers (0-1). Out of the break, the Blue and White won three of the next four points to stretch the lead to 9-3 en route to winning the set (15-5) and the match, 3-2.
W&L edged Hanover in the opening set of the contest, 27-25, but the Panthers responded in the second, 25-21, to square the match (1-1). The Blue & White regained the lead in the third, 25-21, but once again Hanover answered, this time winning the fourth, 25-22, to force the decisive fifth set.
Gould finished the match with 13 digs to go with her 17 kills. Senior outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) and junior middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) each added 12 kills. Berry registered her total on a .333 hitting percentage, while adding six blocks.
Competing in her first collegiate match, first-year defensive specialist Caroline Gard (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) totaled a match-high 22 digs to go with six assists and two service aces. Senior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) had 37 assists and 14 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Val Sokolow (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) chipped in 15 digs and six kills. The Generals held the Panthers to just a .138 hitting percentage as a team, while W&L hit .236.
Sophomore right side Maddie Edwards led Hanover with 13 kills, while first-year outside hitter Emma Harmon contributed 12 kills. Sophomore setter Kelsey Ketcham totaled 22 assists, six aces and 16 digs, while sophomore setter Bailey Eveland added 23 assists and 11 digs.
In his career, Snyder now holds a 550-187 (.746) record in 22 years as a head coach. During his time as the head coach of the Generals, he has registered a 509-162 (.757) mark in 20 seasons.
The Blue and White takes on Huntingdon later on Friday at 5:00 pm at the Maryville Invitational.
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