DANVILLE, Va. — Sophomore outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) tied a career-high with 16 kills, and senior middle blocker Mackenzie Shand (Saline, Mich./Saline) added 13 kills and seven blocks to lead the Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-1 victory at Averett on Wednesday at the Grant Center.
The Generals (8-1) lost the first two points of the opening set, but responded with a 10-1 run to grab a 10-3 lead. The Cougars (7-3) closed the gap to 14-11, but another 5-1 surge put W&L up 19-12. The teams traded points the rest of the set with W&L taking the first, 25-20.
With the score tied, 7-7, in the second, Averett rolled off five straight points to claim a 12-7 advantage and force a W&L timeout. The Blue and White regrouped and trimmed the deficit to 18-16 on a kill by first-year outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake), but AU won seven of the last 11 points to win the second stanza, 25-20.
Late in the third set, the teams were tied, 18-18, but the Generals ended the set on a 7-2 spurt, capped with three straight kills from Guignon to win, 25-20. W&L jumped out to a 7-2 lead through the first nine points of the fourth, and never relinquished the advantage in winning the frame, 25-17, and claiming the match.
Guignon added nine digs to go along with her team-high 16 kills. Shand totaled her 13 kills on 22 attempts with just two errors for a .500 hitting percentage. With her seven blocks (two solo and seven assisted), Shand pushed her career total to 339. She is now tied with Lindsey Dee '12 for fourth on the W&L career list. Kassie Bagley '09 holds the third spot with 340 career blocks.
Junior setter Elena West (Roanoke, Va./Northside) notched a season-high 42 assists to go along with seven digs and two kills. Junior defensive specialist Katie Volk (Lancaster, Calif./Quartz Hill) tied a season-high with 22 digs to lead the back row. Sophomore outside hitter Elly Cosgrove (Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard) had nine kills, 10 digs and four blocks.
Junior outside hitter Hannah Shields registered a match-high 20 kills for Averett, but needed 57 attempts and committed 15 errors (.088 hitting percentage). Junior outside hitter Sarah Smoot tallied 15 kills on just 33 attempts with two errors for a .394 hitting percentage.
The 8-1 start is the best for W&L since it opened the 2014 season with a 17-1 record. The Generals begin ODAC play on Friday, when they play at Eastern Mennonite at 6:30 pm.
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