ST. DAVID'S Pa. — First-year outside hitter Val Sokolow (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) notched a team-high 16 kills to lead the Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over Widener on Friday in a neutral-side match at Eastern University.
The Pride (9-7) took the first set, 25-16, but the Generals (5-5) answered by winning the second, 25-22. Widener moved one set away from securing the match by claiming the third, 25-19. In the fourth, the Blue and White took an early advantage and held on for a 25-20 win.
W&L jumped out to a 5-2 leade in the fifth, but the Pride evened the stanza at 5-5. The Generals responded with four straight points to assume a 10-6 advantage before winning the set, 15-11, and claiming the match, 3-2.
Along with her 16 kills, Sokolow had 11 digs for her first collegiate double-double. The Blue and White had three others total double-digit kills. Junior outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) registered 12 kills, while junior outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot) also tallied 12 kills.
Senior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) recorded 10 kills and a match-high 22 digs. Senior outside hitter Elly Cosgrove (Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard) added 19 digs. Juniors Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) and Mollie Ray (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) split the setting duties for W&L. Soroka had 20 assists and 10 digs, while Ray totaled 16 assists and 11 digs.
Sophomore middle hitter Claire Kaufmann led Widener with 19 kills on a .441 hitting percentage, along with five blocks. Senior outside hitter Nicole Dorman finished with 10 kills and 15 digs.
The Generals return to action on Saturday, when they play at Eastern at 10:00 am, and then play a neutral-site contest against 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins at 2:00 pm.
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