November 12, 2013

Boles Earns Second ODAC Player of the Year Award

FOREST, Va. — After winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, the Washington and Lee volleyball team garnered more recognition on Tuesday as the league announced the 2013 All-ODAC teams.

Senior outside hitter M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John's) won the ODAC Player of the Year honor for the second time, and Head Coach Bryan Snyder earned the ODAC Coach of the Year award for the ninth time. Boles was also named to the first-team, along with senior setter Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin). First-year middle blocker Mackenzie Shand (Saline, Mich./Saline) garnered third-team accolades.

Boles leads the conference this year in kills (407) and is second in kills per set (3.54), 10th in digs (356) and 14th in service aces (38). Earlier this season she broke the W&L and ODAC career kills record and now has 1,706 in her four seasons. Along with the career kills record at W&L, Boles is first in total attacks (4,820), fourth in sets played (469), seventh in digs (1,409) and seventh in service aces (170).

Boles is the fourth member in program history to earn Player of the Year honors at least two times. This was her fourth time making the All-ODAC First Team, and she earned Capital One Academic All-District accolades earlier this season.    

Meleski, a team captain and two time All-ODAC honoree, is leading the conference in assists this year with a career-high 1,092. It is also the fifth-highest single-season total in W&L history. She also has a career-high in digs (283), service aces (58) and blocks (52). Her 3,526 career assists are the second most in W&L history and the seventh-best total in the history of the conference.

In her first season, Shand is leading the ODAC in hitting percentage (.375) and is second in total blocks (100). She is second on the team in kills (238). Shand recorded a season-high 14 kills in the ODAC semifinal win over Roanoke on Saturday. She has notched at least five blocks in seven matches this year.

Snyder is in his 14th season at the helm of the Washington and Lee volleyball program and his record during this span is 394-106 for a winning percentage of .788. His overall record is 435-131 in 16 years of coaching. Snyder last garnered the Coach of the Year award in 2011.

For the other major ODAC honors, outside hitter Tristen Pennington of Emory & Henry won the Rookie of the Year, and senior outside hitter Tempe Martens of Virginia Wesleyan received the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete award.

With their victory over Lynchburg in the conference championship, the Generals are 28-6 overall and secured the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Generals will play Berry in the first round on Friday at 5:30 pm in Atlanta, Ga.

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