W&L's Leary and Boles Recognized by ODAC
FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its Players of the Week for the week ending on October 9 and Washington and Lee senior keeper player Emily Leary (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) and sophomore outside hitter hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's) were named the women's soccer and volleyball players of the week, respectively.
Leary was named the POW after posting two shutouts on the week, including a 3-0 win over Hollins on Tuesday and a 0-0 double-overtime draw with No. 23 Lynchburg College on Saturday. During the match against Lynchburg, Leary came up with a key save in the 109th minute after LC was awarded a penalty kick after one of its players was taken down on the edge of the Generals' box. Leary made a diving save to her left, preserving the scoreless draw. Against Hollins, Leary played the entire contest, stopping one shot.
This season, Leary leads the ODAC in goals against (1), goals-against average (0.08) and save percentage (.957), while also posting 11 shutouts. Currently, she has 33 career shutouts, just one short of tying the career record at W&L, held by Kiki Moreo '08 (34).
As of last week's NCAA national statistics, Leary ranked second in the nation in goals-against average (0.098) and fourth in save percentage (.944).
The women's soccer team saw a seven-game winning streak snapped by Lynchburg on Saturday, and now stand at 9-1-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the conference.
Boles claimed her second volleyball POW nod of the season after leading the Generals to a 5-0 week, including a 4-0 record in the Maroon Classic, hosted by Roanoke College. Playing in four matches during the week, Boles totaled 51 kills (3.6/set), 43 digs (3.1/set) and added three service aces and six blocks.
In a 3-0 win over Emory & Henry on Wednesday, Boles registered 11 kills, while adding 10 digs. Her strong play continued at the Maroon Classic, as she was named the tournament MVP. Boles opened the tournament with 12 kills, nine digs and two blocks in a 3-1 win over Averett. She followed that up with 18 kills, a .405 hitting percentage and 16 digs in a 3-1 win over Methodist and 10 kills, eight digs and three blocks in a 3-0 win over Southern Virginia. Boles did not play against a winless Ferrum squad in the Classic's finale.
The volleyball team is now 22-2 on the season and 7-0 in the ODAC, having won each of its last nine matches following a pair of losses that halted the team's 13-0 start.