NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Washington and Lee volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to fifth-ranked Christopher Newport in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Newport News, Va.
The Generals (26-10) stayed close in the first and third sets to the Captains (37-2), who have not lost a match at home this season and only four sets, in the 25-22, 25-11, 25-20 loss.
W&L struggled against a strong blocking unit for CNU. The Generals hit .099 as a team, while the Captains connected at a .360 rate. Christopher Newport totaled 22 blocks compared to four for the Generals. Senior outside hitter Cory Harris led Christopher Newport with 15 kills on 27 attempts for a .556 hitting percentage. Harris was joined in the offensive attack by senior right side Christie Fellows and senior middle blocker Bailey Jensen who each added nine kills.
In her first trip to the NCAA Tournament, first-year outside hitter Anna Lausberg (Ocoee, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) notched a team-high 14 kills. Junior outside hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's) contributed seven. Junior setter Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) and first-year libero Kasey Cannon (North Wales, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) each led the team with nine digs. Meleski also totaled nine assists.
It was the 11th trip to the NCAA tournament for W&L, and the first since 2010. Washington and Lee played one of the tougher schedules in the country, and five of its 10 losses this year came against teams ranked in the Top 6 in the nation.
The loss ends the season for the Generals. W&L finished with a 26-10 record, and earned the 13th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title in program history. The Generals return all 12 players on their roster, including seven first-years.
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