W&L Volleyball Defeats Christopher Newport, 3-1

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Washington and Lee volleyball team snapped a five-match losing streak to Christopher Newport on Saturday, as the Generals (24-6) defeated the Captains (19-12), 3-1, in Newport News, Va.

The Blue and White used a four-prong attack to stymie CNU, with senior outside hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's), sophomore outside hitters Anna Lausberg (Ocoee, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) and Kasey Cannon (North Wales, Pa./Mr. St. Joseph Acadmey) and first-year middle blocker Mackenzie Shand (Saline, Mich./Saline) all recording at least 11 kills.

The Generals took the first set, 25-18, and then the two teams were tied at 23-23 late in the second. From there, Cannon recorded a kill to give W&L set point, and then Boles and senior setter Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) blocked senior middle blocker Chastity Lacy to take the set, 25-23.

CNU rebounded in the third, 25-22, to force another set, but the Generals closed out the match in the fourth with a 25-19 victory. Meleski recorded a double-double, while running the W&L offense. She totaled a career-high 55 assists and 12 digs. Her previous career high in assists was 50.

Cannon and Lausberg each tallied a match-high 15 kills. Cannon also had 12 digs for a double-double, and the 15 kills marked a new career high. Boles had 12 kills and nine digs, while Shand registered 11 kills on 14 attempts. Junior defensive specialist Kelly McManus (Osprey, Fla./Pine View) totaled 12 digs.

Junior outside hitter Jessie Kolden led the Captains with 14 kills and added 14 digs. First-year outside hitter Briana Sutton and first-year middle blocker Hannah Miller each recorded 11 kills, while junior defensive specialist Brooke Moore led the team in digs with 19.

With her 12 kills, Boles moved her career total to 1,650, which is seven away from breaking the ODAC all-time record of 1,656 held by Roanoke's Heather Cook.

The victory improved the W&L win streak to five, while it snapped an eight-match win streak for CNU.

The Generals play their final regular season match next Saturday at Emory & Henry at 11:00 am.

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