LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee volleyball team limited 17th-ranked Eastern University to just a .098 hitting percentage, as the Generals knocked off the Eagles by a score of 29-27, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16 on Friday in the opening day of the W&L Invitational at the Warner Center.
The teams were tied 27-27 in the opening set, before the Generals (4-1) claimed two straight points for a 1-0 lead. First-year outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C. / Watauga) recorded a kill from an assist by sophomore setter Mollie Ray (Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Catholic) for a 27-26 lead. Sophomore outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Westlake) then served an ace to close out the first set.
In the second set, Eastern (4-2) recorded its best hitting percentage of the match (.200) and used an 11-3 run to push out to a 20-11 lead en route to evening the match at 1-1 with a 25-21 score.
The Generals seized control from there; however, easily claiming the final two sets with a .414 hitting percentage in the third and a .308 hitting percentage in the fourth. The third set was tied at 13-13, but the Blue & White took 12 of the final 15 points for a 25-15 win. Junior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo. / Visitation Academy) led the way in the third set with seven kills.
In the fourth set, W&L jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never trailed in producing a 25-16 score. Guignon once again led the way with five kills during the set.
For the game, the Generals produced a .248 hitting percentage and came up with 83 digs, to go along with 13 blocks. Guignon finished with a game-high 17 kills and 25 digs, just one dig shy of her career-high. Webb posted 12 kills and four blocks, while Gould tallied 11 kills, 12 digs and three blocks. Ray registered 15 assists and nine digs, and senior setter Elena West (Roanoke, Va. / Northside) totaled 15 assists as well. First-year middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va. / Western Albemarle) chipped in five kills, five digs and seven blocks.
Eastern was led by first-year outside hitter Caroline Shelby, who notched 16 kills and eight digs. Sophomore setter Morgan Kline had 24 assists and first-year defensive specialist Sydney McDonald added 18 digs.
Washington and Lee returns to action later this evening when it hosts Maryville (Tenn.).