Berry Powers Generals Past Guilford, 3-0, in ODAC Quarterfinals

Berry Powers Generals Past Guilford, 3-0, in ODAC Quarterfinals

LEXINGTON, Va. — First-year middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) recorded 10 kills on 12 attempts, to go along with five blocks, to lead the second-seeded Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over seventh-seeded Guilford in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament on Wednesday at the Warner Center.

The Quakers (12-11) jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the opening set to force a W&L timeout. The Generals (23-9) answered with a 6-2 spurt to trim the deficit to 14-12. Guilford pushed the lead back to three (16-13), but the Blue and White won four straight rallies to grab a 17-16 edge.

W&L led, 23-21, later in the set, but two consecutive Quaker kills and a ball handling error by the Generals gave Guilford set point, 24-23. Berry evened the score (24-24) with a kill, but sophomore outside hitter Christian Ritter responded with a kill for the Quakers to put her team up, 25-24.

Once again a kill by Berry tied the score, 25-25, but another kill by Ritter gave Guilford its third set point, 26-25. An attack error by the Quakers knotted the stanza, 26-26, but a kill by sophomore middle blocker Michaela Allred pushed Guilford back in front, 27-26.

Junior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) tallied a kill to allow the Generals to fend off a fourth set point opportunity. A bad set by the Quakers gave the Blue and White the lead, 28-27, and then sophomore outside hitter Ashleigh Meade (Bristow, Va./Patriot) put an ace between two Guilford players to give W&L the set, 29-27. 

The Generals used the momentum of coming from behind to win the first to take the second and third sets by identical scores of 25-15 to close out the match.

Berry only had one error in her 12 attempts to record a .750 hitting percentage.  With her five blocks, she moved from fifth to third on the W&L single-season blocks list with 124 this year. Mackenzie Shand '17 registered the second-most in a single campaign with 151 in 2016.

The Generals hit .377 as a team in the contest on 46 kills and six errors on 106 attempts. W&L did not commit a hitting error in either the second or third sets. The Quakers recorded just a .129 hitting percentage with 33 kills and 18 errors on 116 attempts.

Guignon notched a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) had 10 kills on a .360 hitting percentage.

Senior defensive specialist Katie Volk (Lancaster, Calif./Quartz Hill) led the Blue and White with 15 digs. She now has 1,465 digs in her career, which is tied with Cameron Hill '13 for sixth on the W&L career list.

Ritter and senior middle blocker Jessica Sheek each totaled 10 kills to pace Guilford. Ritter also contributed a match-high 20 digs. Sophomore setter Tina Eucker had 26 assists and seven digs.

The Generals will face third-seeded Virginia Wesleyan in the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament at Randolph-Macon on Friday. The match time is still to be announced.

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