LEXINGTON, Va. — Behind the six service aces of sophomore defensive specialist Kelly McManus (Osprey, Fla./Pine View School), the Washington and Lee volleyball team upended Marietta, 3-1, on Friday night at the W&L Invitational.
The four-set, 25-21, 26-24, 20-25, 25-22, victory improved the Generals to 4-2, while the Pioneers dropped to 6-1.
McManus delivered her best serves when W&L needed them the most. After winning the first set, the Generals were down, 24-21, in the second facing three set points. After a kill by junior outside hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's School), McManus served four straight points for W&L, including the final two coming on service aces.
The sophomore came through again in the fourth with the set tied at 20. She tallied consecutive aces to push the Generals to a 22-20 lead, and the team held on with sophomore middle blocker Katie Toomb (Lebanon, Ore./Lebanon) ending the contest with a kill.
Toomb led the team with 15 kills on a .444 hitting percentage. She was joined in the double-digit kill department by Boles with 12 and first-year outside hitter Anna Lausberg (Ocoee, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) with 14. It marked the fourth-straight match Lausberg recorded exactly 14 kills, and she had her first collegiate double-double, adding 15 digs. Junior setter Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) recorded a double-double with 39 assists and 14 digs. McManus contributed 13 digs to go along with her six aces.
For the Pioneers, sophomore middle blocker Rachel Hackenberg (Grove City, Ohio/Franklin Heights) led all players with 18 kills. Junior outside hitter Paige DeVriendt (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green) added 11 kills. Senior defensive specialist Jen Braun (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) led all players with 21 digs.
The Generals return to the court on Saturday for day two of the W&L Invitational. Their first match of the day will be against Southern Virginia at 10:30 am, and they will finish with Johns Hopkins at 3:30 pm.
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