ATLANTA, Ga. — The Washington and Lee volleyball team had four players with at least six kills, but lost at eighth-ranked Emory, 3-0, on Friday, as part of the Emory National Invitational.
The Eagles (22-5) took an early lead in the match by winning the first set, 25-19. Late in the second, a kill by first-year outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) gave the Generals (21-8) a 19-18 advantage. Emory responded with four straight points to grab a 22-19 lead and force a W&L timeout.
Following the timeout, another kill by Gould pulled the Blue and White to within two (22-20), but the Eagles won three of the last four points to claim the stanza, 25-21. The two squads went back and forth for most of the third, but eventually Emory found itself in front, 20-17.
The Generals rallied with a kill by Gould, an ace by sophomore outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) and a kill by first-year middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) to knot the score at 20-20. Six points later, the teams were tied, 23-23, but a kill by junior setter Carly Saitman gave the Eagles a chance at match point, 24-23.
A ball handling error by junior setter Mady Arles tied the score, 24-24, but a kill by sophomore outside hitter Sara Carr and an attack error by W&L allowed Emory to win the set, 26-24, and the match.
Berry had seven kills on a .333 hitting percentage and totaled four blocks, which pushed her season block total to 114. The 114 blocks are the most by a W&L first-year in program history. Current assistant coach Taylor Gibson '06 held the previous record with 113 set during her rookie season in 2002.
The 114 blocks by Berry are the sixth-most by any W&L player in a single season. Kassie Bagley '09 has the fifth-highest single-season total of 116 set in 2007.
Junior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) and Gould each tallied nine kills to pace the Blue and White. Senior defensive specialist Katie Volk (Lancaster, Calif./Quartz Hill) led the back row with 15 digs. With the 15 digs, Volk has 1,417 in her career. She is now seventh on the all-time list, passing M.A. Boles '14, who ended her career with 1,412. Cameron Hill '13 is sixth all-time with 1,465.
Carr led the Eagles with 11 kills and first-year right side Leah Saunders added 10. Sophomore defensive specialist Elyse Thompson totaled a match-high 19 digs.
The Generals play two more matches at the Emory National Invitational on Saturday. W&L takes on Webster at 10:00 am and then faces 24th-ranked Berry at 3:00 pm.
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