LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit, using a 15-3 win in the fifth set, to defeat Guilford on Wednesday, 3-2, at the Duchossois Tennis Center.
After the Quakers (6-3, 0-1 ODAC) won the third set, 25-22, the Generals (4-5, 2-0 ODAC) trailed, 2-1, in the match. Guilford was quick to assume a 14-11 lead in fourth, but a kill by senior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) and an attack error by the Quakers brought W&L to within one (14-13).
Guilford went back up by two (15-13) following a kill by sophomore middle blocker Khaira Bolden, but a kill and a block by junior outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) evened the set at 15-15. The squads traded points over the next few rallies with the score tied, 21-21, following a kill by Guignon.
With junior setter Mollie Ray (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) serving, the Generals tallied four straight points, capped on an ace by Ray, to take the fourth, 25-21, and force a final set. The score was knotted at 1-1 following the first two points in the fifth, and then the Blue and White ripped off six straight to grab a 7-1 advantage.
Guignon registered three kills during the spurt, and the team was aided by three attack errors by the Quakers. A kill by junior outside hitter Morgan Tompkins slightly stalled the W&L momentum, but the Generals then struck for four consecutive points to balloon their lead to 11-2.
Guilford recorded one more point in the set, but a combined block by Webb and sophomore outside hitter Kiera Borthwick (Northville, Mich./Northville) gave the Blue and White a 15-3 win in the set and a 3-2 match victory.
Guignon led the team with 18 kills and added 18 digs. Junior outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot) totaled 13 kills on 28 attempts with four errors (.321 hitting percentage). Webb notched 12 kills and three blocks.
Senior outside hitter Elly Cosgrove (Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard) contributed a team-high 23 digs, while Borthwick registered 13 digs, five kills, five assists and three blocks. Junior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) and Ray split the setting duties. Soroka had 28 assists and 10 digs, while Ray recorded 25 assists and 10 digs.
Junior outside hitter Christian Ritter led the Quakers with 15 kills and a match-high 24 digs. Junior setter Tina Eucker tallied 37 assists and seven digs.
The Generals return to action on Friday, when they play Widener in a neutral-site match at Eastern at 5:00 pm.
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