W&L's Boles Named ODAC Volleyball Player of the Year
FOREST, Va. -- The Washington and Lee volleyball team claimed two of the four major awards handed out by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as the league announced its 2011 All-Conference Teams on Monday afternoon.
Sophomore outside hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's) was named the ODAC Player of the Year and Bryan Snyder was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year. Additionally, senior middle blocker Lindsey Dee (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) and sophomore setter Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) joined Boles on the all-conference first team, junior libero Cameron Hill (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) was named to the second team, and senior outside hitter Megan Daily (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) earned third team accolades.
A First-Team All-ODAC selection and the ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2010, Boles finished her sophomore campaign ranked first in the ODAC in kills (415) and attacks (1,156), second in kills/set (3.71), sixth in service aces (44), eighth in digs (351) and 12th in hitting percentage (.232). She played in a team-high 112 sets and added 23 blocks and 19 assists. Boles becomes just the second player in ODAC history, joining fellow General Lindsey Ruckert '02, to earn both ODAC Rookie of the Year and ODAC Player of the Year honors over the course of their careers.
Dee was named to the all-conference first team for the second time in her career after posting a league-high 96 total blocks, including a league-best 41 solo efforts. She also finished third in the ODAC in hitting percentage (.310) and ninth in the conference with 256 kills, while adding 55 digs and nine service aces. For her career, she totaled 339 total blocks to place fourth all-time at W&L, just one block shy of tying Kassie Bagley '09 for third all-time. Also, her career hitting percentage of .287 is good for seventh all-time.
Meleski rounded out the Generals' first-team honorees, as she posted a league-high 1,016 assists; the fifth-most in a season at W&L. She added 202 digs, 59 kills, 45 blocks and 25 service aces in 31 matches (105 sets). Meleski has also worked her way in the W&L record book, as her 1,732 assists over her first two seasons already rank her seventh all-time at W&L.
Hill, a team captain who was a First-Team All-ODAC selection as a sophomore, garnered second-team honors after posting 423 digs from her libero position. The 423 digs placed her third in the ODAC, while her 4.03 digs/set placed her fifth and her 47 service aces were good for third in the league. Hill has already posted three of the 10 highest single-season dig totals in W&L history, and she is currently ranked sixth all-time with 1,465 digs.
The Generals' final postseason honoree was Daily, who earned her first career postseason recognition after totaling 204 kills, 57 digs and 15 blocks in 29 matches (87 sets). Another one of W&L's team captains, she ranked 19th in the conference in kills, 14th in kills/set (2.34) and her .233 hitting percentage was the 11th-best mark in the ODAC.
For Snyder, the Coach of the Year commendation marked the eighth time that he has won the award in his 12 years at W&L. Only twice in 12 years have his teams failed to win as many as 25 matches, and he has claimed eight conference titles.
The Generals concluded the 2011 season with a 27-8 overall record, 10-0 ODAC, before falling, 3-1, to Randolph-Macon in the ODAC Championship match on Saturday evening.