W&L Volleyball NCAA Tournament Notes

W&L Volleyball NCAA Tournament Notes

Washington and Lee is making its 12th trip to the NCAA Tournament after gaining the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's automatic bid with its 3-0 victory over Lynchburg in the conference championship on Saturday, November 9. The Generals have an overall record of 7-11 in the NCAA Tournament. W&L played in the tournament last year, losing in the first round to Christopher Newport, 3-0. The Generals' best showing came in 2006, when they advanced to the Regional Championship following a 30-19, 30-18, 29-31, 30-15 win over Vassar and a 25-30, 30-28, 30-19, 29-31, 15-13 win over top-seeded NYU. W&L eventually fell to Stevens in the Regional Championship, 30-26, 40-38, 22-30, 30-22.

The Washington and Lee volleyball team wrapped up its 14th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 victory over third-seeded Lynchburg in the tournament final. W&L defeated No. 8 seed Shenandoah (25-13, 25-20, 25-22) and No. 5 seed Roanoke (25-10, 18-25, 25-19, 25-13) to advance to the title match. In the championship match, the Generals had five players total at least eight kills, and hit .333 as a team. Sophomore outside hitter Kasey Cannon led the Blue and White with 10 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Anna Lausberg and first-year middle blocker Mackenzie Shand each recorded nine.

Berry is 25-7 after its 3-2 win over Hendrix in the Southern Athletic Association Championship on Saturday. It marked the second consecutive SAA title for the Vikings. This is the first trip to the NCAA Tournament for the team, and the squad is the first Berry team to make an NCAA Championship as the school is in its first year as an active Division III member. Sophomore right side Emily Stromberg leads the team in kills with 351. First-year libero Katie Truluck has a team-best 458 digs and Stephanie Quinn has a team-high 1,182 assists.

Against the teams in the Atlanta Region, the Generals have played five of the seven teams at least once. W&L has played the schools a combined 54 times with a 19-35 record. The only team the Generals played this year was Maryville. Below is W&L's record against the other teams in the region:
    Emory                   (1-23)      Thomas More        (0-5)
    Colorado College    (0-0)        Maryville             (15-7)
    Claremont-M-S       (0-0)       Agnes Scott          (1-0)
    Berry                     (2-0)

Washington and Lee played against Berry last year at the Rhodes Fall Classic and beat the Vikings, 3-2 (15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 15-9). Outside hitter M.A. Boles totaled a match-high 16 kills and a career-high 28 digs to lead the Generals. Along with Boles' double-double, outside hitter Anna Lausberg also had one with 14 kills and 17 digs. Leading the Vikings was middle blocker Gretchen Kaufman with 14 kills. Outside hitters Emily Stromberg and Meredith Hopper each added 11.

The Generals last played Emory last year, facing them twice. The Eagles won both contests, which included a 3-1 (25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18) home victory for Emory. Setter Meghan Meleski totaled a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs in the loss, and outside hitter M.A. Boles registered 17 kills and 10 digs. Middle Hitter Breanah Bourque led the Eagles with 17 kills on 27 attempts and setter Sydney Miles tallied 41 assists.

W&L and Agnes Scott have only played one time in the history of the two programs. The Generals earned a 15-10, 15-4 victory over the Scotties on October 1, 1993. Elizabeth Bahn '97 led W&L with eight kills and four digs. Tara Burns '94 notched seven kills and three digs.

The Generals played Maryville earlier this season at the Scots tournament and won, 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19). W&L has played Thomas More five times with the Saints winning each match. The most recent was in 2009 at the Emory Tournament. The Generals have never faced Colorado College or Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Washington and Lee is led by 14th-year head coach Bryan Snyder (W&L '95). During his tenure at W&L, Snyder has posted an overall record of 394-106 (.788). Snyder has taken the Generals to the NCAA Tournament 11 of the 14 years he has been with the program. Before returning to W&L, Snyder was the head volleyball coach at St. Mary's (Md.), compiling a 41-25 (.621) record in two seasons.

This season M.A. Boles has left her mark in the W&L and ODAC record books. She is now the all-time kills leader for the Generals and in the conference. In her four seasons, she has totaled 1,706 kills. Along with the career kills record at W&L, Boles is first in total attacks (4,820), fourth in sets played (469), seventh in digs (1,409) and seventh in service aces (170). She is two sets away from tying for second in sets played, while Jennifer Lux '05 holds the top spot with 479. Cameron Hill '13 is sixth in digs (1,494) and Emily Wolfing '05 is sixth in service aces (182).  Boles also added another single-season kills total to the Top 10 list with her 407 this year. It is the 10th most in the history of the program.   

Meghan Meleski already held solo second in career assists coming into this season, but she became just the second W&L player in the history of the program to record 3,000. She now has 3,526 in her four seasons. Christine Gladysz '06 holds the all-time mark with 5,216. Meleski's 1,092 assists this season is the fifth-highest total. Jennifer Lux '04 has the fourth most with 1,186 in 2001. Mackenzie Shand moved into the Top 10 in single season blocks on Saturday as she now has 100, which is tied for 10th. Holding down the ninth spot is Lindsay Ruckert '02 with 102 in 1999. Taylor Gibson '06, now the W&L assistant coach, is tied for the fourth-most in a single season with 113 in 2006.   

After posting a 10-1 mark in league play and winning its three matches in the ODAC Tournament, W&L had several players earn postseason recognition from the league. M.A. Boles, Meghan Meleski and Mackenzie Shand made the ODAC All-Tournament Team. Boles was also honored as the conference's ODAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career. She also made the first team, along with Meleski. Shand garnered third-team accolades. Head Coach Bryan Snyder received his ninth ODAC Coach of the Year Award.

Of the Generals six losses this season, three of them have come at the hands of teams that have made the NCAA Tournament. Also, all three of those losses came to opponents ranked in the Top 14 in the nation at that time. Below is a listing of the Generals' record against NCAA Tournament teams this season.
    Date    Opponent        Rank         Result
    8-31    Maryville            N/A          W, 3-0
    9-6      Otterbein          14th           L, 0-3
    9-7      Chris. Newport    5th           L, 1-3
    9-20    Mount Union       7th           L, 2-3
    10-26  Chris. Newport    N/A          W 3-1