LEXINGTON, Va. — First-year middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) totaled a .538 hitting percentage, eight kills and five blocks to propel the Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over John Wesley on Saturday at the Warner Center.
The Generals (20-6) cruised in the first two sets, 25-13 and 25-13, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. It appeared the third was heading in the same direction with W&L holding a 9-4 lead early in the stanza. The Lions (15-8) answered with an 8-3 run to even the score, 12-12.
The squads traded points until back-to-back kills by first-year outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and Berry stretched the W&L lead back to three (19-16). Following a kill by John Wesley first-year middle blocker Noel Armstrong, the Blue and White used a combination block by Berry and sophomore outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) and two consecutive kills by Gould to claim a 22-17 lead.
John Wesley responded with four straight points to climb to within one, 22-21, of the Generals. On the next rally, Gould notched her 12th kill of the match to extend the lead to 23-21. After an attack error by the Lions, Berry ended the set (25-21) and the match with a kill.
Berry took only 13 swings with one error to reach her eight kills. With her five blocks, Berry now has 101 on the year, and is just five away from moving into the W&L single-season Top 10.
The Generals hit .305 as a team with 40 kills and eight errors on 105 attempts. John Wesley hit just .034 on 27 kills and 23 errors in 116 swings.
Gould finished with 12 kills and six digs. Webb had seven kills on 18 attempts (.389 hitting percentage). Sophomore setter Mollie Ray (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) contributed 20 assists and nine digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot) recorded seven kills and a team-high 14 digs. Junior outside hitter Miller Townes (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) totaled five kills on just 12 attempts (.417 hitting percentage).
Sophomore outside hitter Olivia Bullard led the Lions with 11 kills and 14 digs. First-year defensive specialist Michael Ann Holt added 12 digs.
The Generals play their final regular season ODAC contest on Tuesday at Shenandoah at 7:00 pm.
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