LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior outside hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's) recorded a season-high 22 kills, while hitting .323, to lead the Washington and Lee volleyball team past Randolph-Macon on Friday, 3-1, in the Warner Center.
The Generals (7-2, 1-0 ODAC) cruised in the first set, 25-18. The Yellow Jackets (6-4, 1-1 ODAC) bounced back in the second, 25-21, but W&L won by the slimmest of margins in the third, 26-24, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
R-MC looked like it would push the contest to five sets, as it held a 15-9 lead midway through the fourth. The Blue and White responded with eight straight points, highlighted by two service aces by senior setter Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin), to grab a 17-16 lead.
The two squads went back-and-forth for the next 11 points and were tied at 22. A kill by Boles and a bad set by junior Bailey Troia (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) gave the Generals match point. Sophomore defensive specialist Kasey Cannon (North Wales, Pa./Mt. St. Joeseph Academy) closed out the set, 25-22, and the match with her second service ace of the contest.
Along with her 22 kills, Boles added 13 digs to tally her third double-double of the season. Sophomore right side Maddie Kosar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) totaled 12 kills and 11 digs. Meleski also notched a double-double with a match-high 43 assists and 14 digs. Junior defensive specialist Kelly McManus (Osprey, Fla./Pine View) led W&L with 21 digs.
Senior middle hitter Hillary Jessee (War Springs, Va./Bath County) had a team-high 13 kills on just 26 attempts (.423) to lead Randolph-Macon. Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Lowers (Suffolk, Va./Nasmond River) added 11. Senior libero Marli Dabareiner (Hardy, Va./North Cross School) led all players with 31 digs.
The Generals host Virginia Wesleyan and Averett on Saturday. W&L plays the Marlins at 12:00 pm and the Cougars at 4:30 pm.
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