W&L Volleyball Falters Against Randolph-Macon, 3-1

Allison Webb '20

LEXINGTON, Va. — Randolph-Macon won five of the final six points in the second set to even the match, 1-1, on its way to a 3-1 victory against the Washington and Lee volleyball team on Wednesday at the Duchossois Tennis Center.

The Generals (13-5, 3-3 ODAC) took a 1-0 lead in the match, taking the first set, 25-23. Junior outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) closed out the first with back-to-back kills. In the second, the Yellow Jackets (11-3, 5-0 ODAC) led 22-19, but after an R-MC service error and attack error, a kill by Gould evened the stanza, 22-22.

A service ace by junior middle blocker Kiera Borthwick (Northville, Mich./Northville) pushed the Blue and White in front, 23-22, and forced a Randolph-Macon timeout. Out of the break, the Generals extended their lead to 24-22 on a combined block from junior middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) and senior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis).

The Yellow Jackets then scored three straight points on a back-to-back kills by senior outside hitters Alexi Wolfe and Miranda Hall and a ball-handling error by Soroka to go in front, 25-24. A kill by Gould knotted the score at 25-25, but another kill from Wolfe and a kill by senior setter Angela Tender gave R-MC the set, 27-25.

The Generals fell behind 6-1 early in the third, and never trimmed the deficit under two, dropping the set, 25-20. In the fourth, Randolph-Macon created separation midway through with a 7-1 spurt to take an 18-12 lead, holding on to claim the set, 25-21.

Gould finished with 17 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Val Sokolow (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) added 11 kills and two blocks. First-year defensive specialist Caroline Gard (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) notched a match-high 25 digs, and senior outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) had six kills and four blocks.

Soroka tallied 31 assists and four kills. With the 31 assists, Soroka moves to fifth on the W&L all-time list with 1,971. With 29 more, she would become just the fifth player in program history with at least 2,000 assists.

Wolfe led the Yellow Jackets with 10 kills on a .308 hitting percentage. Hall and sophomore middle blocker Mirada Koch each added nine kills. Sophomore libero Madison Warlick notched 21 digs.

The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they host Randolph at 1:00 pm.

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