W&L Volleyball Falls to Roanoke in ODAC Quarters, 3-2

W&L Volleyball Falls to Roanoke in ODAC Quarters, 3-2

HOLLINS, Va. – Seventh-seeded Roanoke College recovered from a 2-0 deficit to post an 18-25, 15-25, 25-20, 27-25, 19-17 victory over second-seeded Washington and Lee in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Volleyball Tournament held on the campus of Hollins University on Friday evening.

The loss ends W&L’s season at 19-14 overall and snaps a string of eight-straight conference tournament titles for the Generals. It was also the Maroons first victory over Washington and Lee since the 2000 season.

W&L jumped out to a 2-0 lead after taking the first two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-15. However, the Maroons won the third set 25-20 and then staved off elimination with a 27-25 win in the fourth set. The Generals held a 14-13 lead in the fifth set and were serving for the match, but Roanoke battled to tie the score at 14-14 and eventually took the upper hand in improving to 14-6 on the season.

W&L was paced by senior outside hitter Rachael Phillips (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Prep), who totaled 20 kills, 12 digs and four blocks. Junior outside hitter Marah Schmitz (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) posted 20 kills and 11 digs, while junior middle blocker Louise Brooks (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) added 15 kills and six digs.

Senior setter Kristi Stevens (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission South) amassed 59 assists and 12 digs, while first-year libero Cameron Hill (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) notched 23 digs.

Roanoke advances to Saturday’s semifinals, when it will take on either third-seeded Lynchburg College or sixth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan.