FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Washington and Lee volleyball notched a .351 hitting percentage on its way to a 3-0 victory over Virginia Wesleyan in a non-conference match between the two schools at the UMW Classic on Saturday. The result will not impact the ODAC standings for either school.
The Generals (9-2) cruised in the opening set, 25-7, and then won the second, 25-16. The third set was much more competitive with the teams tied, 21-21, late in the stanza. A kill by junior outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) gave W&L a one-point lead and then an attack error by the Marlins (9-2) extended the Blue and White lead to 23-21.
Two points later, the Generals led 24-22, with two opportunities to close out the match, but VWU took advantage of a W&L service error and a kill by sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Yeager to tie the score, 24-24. A kill by Gould gave the Blue and White a 25-24 lead, but the Marlins won two straight points to grab a 26-25 edge.
W&L fought off a set point with a kill by sophomore outside hitter Val Sokolow (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic), and then an ace by junior middle blocker Madeline Ferguson (San Antonio, Texas/Smithson Valley) set up another match-point opportunity (27-26) for the Generals. Again, VWU responded by winning two straight points to take a 28-27 lead, but a kill by Sokolow evened the set.
The Marlins went up, 29-28, on a kill by first-year outside hitter Gianna Krinock, but after a service error by VWU, Gould recorded back-to-back kills to secure the set, 31-29, and the match for W&L.
Senior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) notched 40 assists in the contest and 10 digs. With the 40 assists, she pushed her career total to 1,761, moving to eighth on the W&L all-time list. Jennifer Lux '05 is seventh all-time with 1,898.
Gould finished with a match-high 18 kills on 34 attempts with two errors (.471 hitting percentage) along with seven digs. Berry notched 12 kills on 17 attempts with two errors (.588 hitting percentage). She also added five blocks.
Sokolow registered double-digit kills with 10 on 25 swings. First-year defensive specialist Caroline Gard (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) totaled a team-best 15 digs and four assists. Ferguson had six kills and a career-high nine digs. Following the conclusion of the classic, Gould and Gard were each named to the All-Tournament Team.
Senior middle hitter Amber Matalus led Virginia Wesleyan with 10 kills, while senior libero Alyssa Taylor totaled a match-high 16 digs.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday, when they host Shenandoah at 7:00 pm.
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