LEXINGTON, Va. — When the final Washington and Lee kill hit the floor on Wednesday night at the Warner Center, the Generals celebrated not only the 3-0 win over conference-foe Guilford, but also the 400th victory of head coach Bryan Snyder's career.
Junior M.A. Boles' (Houston, Texas/St. John's) and first-year Anna Lausberg's (Ocoee, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) double-digit kills helped lead W&L (19-7, 7-1 ODAC) and Snyder to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 victory over the Quakers (9-13, 3-5 ODAC).
In his 15th season as a head coach and in his 522nd match, Snyder improved his career winning percentage to .766 (400-122), which is currently the 12th-best mark in the history of NCAA Division III coaches with a minimum of 10 years coaching. He also became the 41st active Division III coach with 400 victories.
Boles led the Generals with 19 kills on a .359 hitting percentage and had nine digs, two service aces and two total blocks. Lausberg totaled 14 kills, while hitting .370, and posted a double-double by adding 11 digs.
Junior setter Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) tallied a team-high 24 assists and a match-high six total blocks. In the back row, first-year libero Kasey Cannon (North Wales, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) led the team with 13 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Brittany DeCesare (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Croton-Harmon) and junior middle blocker Malikah French (Durham, N.C./School of the Arts) led Guilford with seven kills. First-year libero Brooke Herr (Oak Island, N.C./South Brunswick) had a team-high 12 digs, and junior setter Taylor Whitley (China Grove, N.C./Jesse C. Carson) distributed the ball with 20 assists.
Earlier this season, Snyder won his 350th match as the head coach of W&L on September 22 at home against Virginia Wesleyan. He is now 359-97 (.787 winning percentage) as the coach of the Generals. Snyder started his head coaching career at St. Mary's (Md.), and had a 41-25 record in two seasons.
The match was the final regular season home contest for Washington and Lee, and the team honored the lone senior on the squad, right-side player Taylor Maxey (Poway, Calif./The Bishop's School). Coming into the match, Maxey had totaled 251 kills and 73 blocks in 184 career sets. She contributed four kills and two blocks in the victory.
The Generals next play at Roanoke on Friday, October 19, at 6:30 pm.
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