Lausberg Eclipses 1,000 kills as W&L Falls to Birmingham Southern, 3-1

Lausberg Eclipses 1,000 kills as W&L Falls to Birmingham Southern, 3-1

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Despite 19 kills and 14 digs from senior outside hitter Anna Lausberg (Ocoee, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic), the Washington and Lee volleyball team lost to Birmingham Southern, 3-1, on Friday at the Maryville Invitational.

The 19 kills and 14 digs each marked season-highs for Lausberg. With the 19 kills, Lausberg surpasses the 1,000 kills mark. She now has 1,007 in her career, and is just the 10th player in program history with at least 1,000 kills.

The Panthers (1-1) took the first set, 25-21, but the Generals (1-2) evened the match by winning the second, 27-25. BSC claimed the third, 25-23, and then edged W&L in the fourth, 30-28, to win the match.

First-year outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) added 11 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore setter Elena West (Roanoke, Va./Northside) neared a triple double with 37 assists, 14 digs and seven kills. Sophomore defensive specialist Katie Volk (Lancaster, Calif./Quartz Hill) led the back row with a match-high 20 digs.

First-year outside hitter Jeneva Salter totaled 18 kills for the Panthers, while junior middle blocker Laura Van Peursem had 15 kills on 27 attempts for a .481 hitting percentage. Senior setter Katie McCormack spread the ball around on offense for BSC with 47 assists. Senior defensive specialist Lauren Bedford notched a team-high 16 digs.

The Generals return to action at the Maryville Invitational on Saturday.

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