W&L Volleyball Defeated by No. 24 Berry, 3-1

W&L Volleyball Defeated by No. 24 Berry, 3-1

ATLANTA, Ga. — Sophomore outside hitter Emily Hancock totaled 24 kills on a .500 hitting percentage to lead 24th-ranked Berry to a 3-1 victory over the Washington and Lee volleyball team on Saturday at the Emory National Invitational.

The Vikings (25-6) won the opening set, 25-19, and then tallied the first four points of the second. Trailing later in the stanza, 10-6, the Generals (22-9) went on a 10-4 run, capped on back-to-back kills by first-year middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) and an ace by junior outside hitter Elly Cosgrove (Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard), to take a 16-14 edge.

The Blue and White then held a 21-18 advantage, but Berry responded with four consecutive points to grab a 22-21 lead. From there, each team had multiple set point opportunities, but it was the Generals that finally converted with a combination block by sophomore outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot) and first-year outside hitter Kiera Borthwick (Northville, Mich./Northville) to give W&L the set, 29-27.

The momentum was short lived for the Generals, as the Viking started the third on a 7-2 spurt. W&L trimmed the deficit to 9-7, but Berry tallied nine of the next 11 points to gain an 18-9 advantage. The Vikings went on to win the third, 25-17.

The two squads were tied, 9-9, in the fourth until Berry tallied four straight points to take a 13-9 lead. The Blue and White eventually cut the deficit to two (18-16), but then a 5-2 run put the Vikings in position to take the fourth, 25-20, and win the match.

First-year outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) led the Generals with 14 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) had 10. She needed just 26 swings and only committed one error to register a .346 hitting percentage. Senior defensive specialist Katie Volk (Lancaster, Calif./Quartz Hill) led the back row with 21 digs.

Courtney Berry totaled nine kills on 21 attempts for a .429 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) recorded a season-high 23 assists, while senior setter Elena West (Roanoke, Va./Northside) added 19. Cosgrove notched five service aces and 16 digs. Following the conclusion of the invitational, junior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Hancock only took 44 attempts to total her 24 kills. She also chipped in 20 digs. Senior setter Hannah Kate Thompson contributed 48 assists and 12 digs. Senior libero Elizabeth Ragland registered a match-high 24 digs, and junior outside hitter Christina Goforth had 14 kills and 19 digs.

This was the final match of the regular season for the Generals. They will be seeded second in the ODAC Tournament, which begins on Wednesday. W&L will host seventh-seeded Guilford in the quarterfinals with the time still to be announced.

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