LEXINGTON, Va. — Sophomore outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot) hit .909 with 10 kills to propel the Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-0 victory against Meredith on Saturday at the Warner Center. With the win, the Generals (7-1) claimed the W&L Invitational title for the second consecutive season.
Meade registered kills on 10 of her 11 attempts to reach the .909 hitting percentage, while also tallying five blocks, two digs and two service aces. Her hitting percentage would have set a W&L single-match record, but she didn't reach the minimum attempts standard of 15 attacks. Hilary Martin '98 holds the single-match mark of .867 against Christopher Newport in 1995.
The two squads went back-and-forth over the opening set, with the Blue and White only holding a one-point lead, 17-16, late in the stanza. The Generals then scored three straight points, including two kills from sophomore outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake), to stretch the advantage to 20-16. The teams traded points the rest of the set, as W&L secured the first, 25-21.
The Blue and White tallied 15 of the first 19 points en route to a 25-11 win in the second. W&L's dominance continued in the third, as first-year outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga) served for 15 consecutive W&L points, pushing the Generals' lead to 16-1. The Avenging Angels (1-7) could not recover and fell in the third and final set, 25-7.
Junior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) notched eight kills and eight digs, and first-year middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) added four blocks. Senior setter Elena West (Roanoke, Va./Northside) had a team-high 15 assists.
The Generals held Meredith to just a .013 hitting percentage. The Avenging Angels had 21 kills on 79 attempts with 20 errors. W&L totaled 36 kills on 74 attempts with nine errors for a .365 hitting percentage.
Sophomore outside hitter Caroline Corey led Meredith with nine kills, and first-year setter Hannah Blaylock registered a match-high 17 assists.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Guignon was named the W&L Invitational MVP and Berry earned a spot on the seven-member all-tournament team.
The Generals open ODAC play on Tuesday, when they host Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.
W&L Invitational All-Tournament Team
#3 – Meg Guignon (W&L) - MVP
#20 – Courtney Berry (W&L)
#9 – Caroline Shelby (Eastern)
#5 – Michelle Paulsen (Eastern)
#13 – Penny Gwynn (SVU)
#6 – Nia Haller (Maryville)
#20 – Caroline Corey (Meredith)
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