Generals Rebound from Slow Start to Beat William Peace, 3-1

Val Sokolow '22

LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and sophomore outside hitter Val Sokolow (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) combined for 37 kills to lead the Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-1 win against William Peace on Saturday at the Duchossois Tennis Center.

The Generals (12-2) found themselves in an early hole, after losing the first set, 25-12. The team responded in the second stanza. Holding a 11-9 lead, W&L scored six straight points, including a solo block and kill by junior middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle), to take a 17-11 advantage en route to winning the set, 25-18.

The Blue and White then won eight of the first 10 points of the third, highlighted by two kills each from Gould and Sokolow. The Pacers (10-2) trimmed the deficit to 12-9, but a 12-2 run later in the set gave the Generals the stanza, 25-18.

The final set started identically to the third, with W&L claiming an 8-2 advantage, as the Blue and White rolled in the fourth, 25-16, to win the match.

Gould finished the night with 20 kills and 12 digs, while Sokolow had 17 kills on a .297 hitting percentage. After a slow start, Sokolow had 16 of her 17 kills over the final three sets.

Berry recorded 12 kills on a .385 hitting percentage with three blocks. She pushed her career blocks total to 264, which moved her to 10th on the W&L all-time list. Christine Gladysz '06 is ninth all-time with 267.

First-year defensive specialist Caroline Gard (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) notched a match-high 25 digs, while senior setter Mollie Ray (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) had 16 digs, two aces and two assists. Senior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) registered 46 assists and 12 digs, and junior middle blocker Kiera Borthwick (Northville, Mich./Northville) had 13 digs.

Junior outside hitter Abby Benton totaled 13 kills and 20 digs to pace William Peace, while junior outside hitter Brienna Laskowski had 11 kills.

The Generals next compete at Guilford on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

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