LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Washington and Lee volleyball team registered a season-high 69 kills, as W&L edged Randolph, 3-2, on Tuesday at the RAD Center.
The Generals (17-9, 11-1 ODAC) held a 2-1 advantage in the match and were up, 16-11, in the fourth, but the WildCats (9-17, 4-7 ODAC) responded with a 9-2 run to take a 20-18 lead in the set. The Blue and White evened the stanza, 20-20, on back-to-back kills by senior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) and junior outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot), but Randolph won five of the final seven points to force a fifth set.
In the final set, W&L grabbed a 7-3 lead, highlighted by three kills from junior outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake). The margin stretched to 10-6, but Randolph answered with a 3-0 run to trim the advantage to, 10-9.
After a kill by Meade pushed the lead back to two (11-9), the teams traded points over the next five rallies to give the Generals a one-point edge, 13-12. A kill by Guignon let W&L serve for the match, and a double-contact attack error by sophomore outside hitter Kennedy Moulton allowed the Blue and White to pull out the set, 15-12, and the match.
The WildCats took the first set with ease, 25-10, but W&L quickly knotted the match by claiming the second, 25-15. The Generals then assumed their 2-1 lead by winning the third, 25-23.
Webb led the team with 16 kills on a .364 hitting percentage. She needed just 33 swings for her 16 kills with four errors. She also added five blocks and four digs. Guignon totaled 15 kills and 16 digs.
Senior outside hitter Elly Cosgrove (Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard) tied a season-high with 32 digs, which is tied for the sixth-most in a single match in program history. Junior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) notched a career-best 55 assists to go with 11 digs and two aces.
Sophomore middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) had 12 kills on a .300 hitting percentage. She also chipped in three blocks and seven digs. Meade registered a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) added 12 kills.
The 69 kills are the most by the Generals in over 10 years. The last time the team had more than 69 kills in a contest was when W&L had 88 kills in five-set match against Christopher Newport on October 13, 2007, back when the first four sets were played to 30 instead of 25.
Senior outside hitter Autumn Troxell led Randolph with 18 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Kennedy Webb had 31 digs.
This was the final conference contest of the season for the Blue and White. The Generals return to action on Friday at the Emory National Tournament this Friday. W&L plays Oglethorpe at 1:00 pm and then takes on Birmingham-Southern at 5:00 pm.
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