LYNCHBURG, Va. — Junior outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga), junior middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) and sophomore outside hitter Val Sokolow (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) combined for 32 kills to lead the Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-0 victory at Lynchburg on Wednesday in the ODAC opener for both teams.
The Hornets (7-2, 0-1 ODAC) grabbed an early 12-6 lead in the opening set, but the Generals (7-1, 1-0 ODAC) won seven of the next eight points to tie the score, 13-13. During the run Gould had two kills.
With the score knotted at 14-14, W&L tallied six of the next seven points to assume a 20-15 advantage. Berry, Gould and Sokolow each had kills during the spurt to pace the Blue and White. The Generals then held on to win the stanza, 25-21.
In the second, W&L quickly took a 12-4 lead, aided by six attack errors from Lynchburg. The Hornets trimmed the deficit to 23-19, but a solo block by senior outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) and a kill by Sokolow sandwiched around a kill by junior middle block Natalie Lavelle gave the Blue and White the set, 25-20.
Lynchburg scored the first two points of the third, but seven straight points for the Generals, highlighted by two kills by Berry, pushed W&L in front, 7-2. The Blue and White's lead did not drop below two points the rest of the frame, as the team secured the third, 25-20, and won the match.
Gould had a team-high 13 kills with eight digs, while Berry notched 10 kills on 18 swings (.556 hitting percentage). Berry also added five blocks and four digs. Senior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) registered 30 assists, three kills and six digs.
First-year defensive specialist Caroline Gard (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) had a team-high 12 digs, while Sokolow contributed nine kills. Senior setter Mollie Ray (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) notched seven digs. W&L finished the night with a .281 hitting percentage compared to just a .176 mark for Lynchburg.
Senior outside hitter Sydney Frink led the Hornets with 14 kills and 11 digs. Senior libero Lauren Stanford had 14 digs, and first-year outside hitter Abbi Leeper totaled eight kills and five digs.
The Generals return to action on Friday, when they play Mary Washington on Friday at 7:30 pm.
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