OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Washington and Lee volleyball team hit just .034, losing 3-0 in a neutral-site match against 12th-ranked Juniata on Saturday at Stevenson.
The Generals (14-5) failed to generate any consistent offense, tallying just 23 kills and 19 errors on 119 attempts.
The Eagles (15-4) comfortably took the first set, 25-13. In the second, the two squads were tied at 13-13, but Juniata scored five straight points to break the set open, 18-13. Neither team went on any significant run the rest of the stanza, as the Eagles claimed the second, 25-20.
The Blue and White came out with renewed aggression in the third, scoring four of the first five points. First-year middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) led the charge with two kills and a block. With W&L leading 6-2, Juniata regrouped with an 8-0 spurt to claim a 10-6 advantage.
The Generals answered and eventually tied the set, 14-14, and the teams were tied again 18 points later at 23-23. The Eagles took the lead (24-23) on a kill by sophomore middle hitter Morgan Edwards and then secured the match on a W&L attack error, 25-23.
Berry and junior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) each tallied six kills to pace the team. Guignon also had a team-high 17 digs. Senior defensive specialist Katie Volk (Lancaster, Calif./Quartz Hill) contributed 14 digs, while senior setter Elena West (Roanoke, Va./Northside) had nine assists and four digs.
Junior middle hitter Marybeth Weihbrecht totaled a match-high 11 kills for Juniata. Junior defensive specialist Katie Bryne added 20 digs. The Eagles hit .177 in the match with 40 kills and 18 errors on 124 attempts.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday, when they host Randolph-Macon at 7:00 pm.
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