Guignon Propels Generals Past Eagles, 3-0; W&L Advances to ODAC Championship

Meg Guignon '19 attacks the ball at the net.

ASHLAND, Va. — Senior outside hitter Meg Guignon (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy) totaled 14 kills and 17 digs to lead the second-seeded Washington and Lee volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of third-seeded Bridgewater in the ODAC Tournament semifinals on Friday in a neutral-site match at top-seeded Randolph-Macon.

The Eagles (24-7) notched the first two points on the contest, but then a kill by Guignon ignited a 13-0 run to give the Generals (20-12) a 13-2 advantage. During the spurt, Guignon totaled five kills, and Bridgewater committed four attack errors. The Eagles rallied late in the set, but the Blue and White held on to take the first, 25-15.

The two squads were knotted at 12-12 midway through the second, but W&L won nine of the next 10 points, highlighted by two kills from Guignon and two kills from sophomore middle blocker Courtney Berry (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle), to claim a 21-13 lead en route to taking the second, 25-15.   

In the third the score was tied, 10-10, but similar to the first two sets, the Generals went on a 5-0 run to take control of the stanza (15-10). During the onslaught, junior outside hitter Allison Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) tallied three kills to push W&L in front.

The Eagles eventually trimmed the lead to 16-14 on a kill by junior outside hitter Rachel Gaston, but the Blue and White extended the margin back to six (20-14) with four straight points, capped on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Brynne Gould (Boone, N.C./Watauga). Bridgewater fought off three match points late in the set, but then a kill by Webb sealed the win for W&L, 25-19, in the third.

Guignon's 14 kills were a match high. Webb added 10 kills and six digs. Berry hit .562 with nine kills on 16 attempts and added a season-high seven blocks.

Senior outside hitter Elly Cosgrove (Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard) totaled 10 digs, which moved her season total to 514. She is now third on the W&L single-season list, moving past Lauren Edmonson's '07 511 in 2005. Cameron Hill '13 is second with 540 in 2010.

Junior setter Anna Soroka (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) registered 33 assists and nine digs, and Gould had eight kills on a .333 hitting percentage.

Gaston led the Eagles with 13 kills, but also had seven errors. Junior defensive specialist Taylor McNeely recorded a match-high 19 digs, and senior defensive specialist Jenna Hamra finished with 21 assists and eight digs.

The Generals next play in the ODAC Championship match on Saturday at 2:00 pm against R-MC. This will be the third straight season W&L and the Yellow Jackets will meet in the title contest. The Blue and White will be attempting to win the 16th ODAC championship in program history and the first since 2014.

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