LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) notched a career-best 18 kills on a .739 hitting percentage, as the Washington and Lee volleyball team edged Meredith, 3-2, on Saturday at the W&L Invitational.
The Generals (6-0) fell behind in the match, 2-0, after the Avenging Angels (4-2) won the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-18. W&L started to take control of the contest in the third, cruising to a 25-12 win. With the momentum turning, the Blue and White grabbed the fourth, 25-21, and then secured the match by taking the fifth, 15-12.
Berry needed only 23 swings to register her 18 kills and only had one error on a ball that was long by mere inches in the fourth set. The .739 hitting percentage is the 10th-best single-match mark in program history among players with at least 15 total attempts.
Junior outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) totaled a match-high 23 kills, highlighted by four kills in the deciding fifth set. She also added 14 digs and three assists. Sophomore outside hitter Val Sokolow (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) tallied 12 kills.
First-year defensive specialist Caroline Gard (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) had 19 digs, while senior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) chipped in 47 assists, 12 digs and four kills on four attempts.
Junior outside hitter Ally Copenhaver led Meredith with 12 kills, while junior defensive specialist Lauren Phillips had a match-high 27 digs.
The Generals played Southern Virginia later on Saturday in the last match of the W&L Invitational.
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