LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee volleyball team is in the midst of a record-breaking season in which virtually no record is safe. Most recently, freshman outside hitter Lee Charbonnet (New Orleans, La./Benjamin Franklin) set two new W&L marks in the championship game of the Goucher Invitational on October 17.
Charbonnet collected nine service aces against host Goucher, breaking the old W&L record of seven held by a trio of Generals in Elizabeth Bahn (1993), Kelly Horan (1992), and Jennifer Garrigus (1992). Charbonnet's nine aces also gave her the single-season record for aces with 53, surpassing the old mark of 52 held by Lisa Jay since the 1989 season.
W&L emerged as the team champion at the Goucher Invitational as freshman middle blocker Lindsay Ruckert (Metairie, La./Sacred Heart) and junior outside hitter Nancy Reinhart (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart) both earned all-tournament team honors. Reinhart was named the tournament most valuable player.
Another W&L record fell earlier in the 1998 season as senior middle blocker Megan Snodgrass (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) totaled 31 digs in a 3-2 win over Greensboro on September 20. The previous high had been 29 and was held by Mena McGowin since the 1990 season.
Numerous other team and individual records may fall before the Generals' season is over. Reinhart already holds the high mark for digs in a season with 353 and claims 315 this season with three regular season matches and the ODAC Tournament left to play. In addition, Reinhart may have a shot at breaking the career digs record this season. Leslie Hess (1989-92) holds the record with 1,036 for her career (1989-92). Reinhart currently claims 995 career digs.
Snodgrass will likely surpass the record for career games played (383) which is held by 1998 graduate Hilary Martin (1994-97). She is just eight games away from tying the mark at this point. In addition, the Generals are just nine aces away from the school record of 225 set during the 1990 season.
As a team, W&L is 20-2 on the season and 8-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals have won 10 straight matches this season and are 34-1 in their last 35 ODAC matches. They have gone 39-2 at home over the last four seasons.