ATLANTA, Georgia – Led by M.A. Boles match-high 23 kills, the Generals of Washington and Lee University (23-9) bounced back from an early first set loss to win the next three frames to defeat volleyball (15-9) by the final of 3-1 Friday afternoon at Emory University's Woodruff P. Center Gymnasium.
The Beacons defeated Washington and Lee in the first set by the final of 26-24, but the Generals would rally to take a 25-18 win in the second, a 25-20 win in the third, and a 25-17 win in the fourth and final set.
Along with Boles deciding 23 put-downs, Anna Lausberg finished second with 16 kills and a team-best .333 attack percentage. Matching the Generals in the kill's column for UMass Boston was senior Shannon Thompson (Moorpark, Calif.) who finished with 17 kills and .306 hitting percentage. Amber Clemons (Simi Valley, Calif.) was second on the team with 10 tallies.
Setter Emma Rocha (Boynton Beach, Fla.) anchored the Beacons offense with 25 assists, while Washington and Lee saw Alex Kinzer and Meghan Meleski combine for 49 helpers respectively. In the first set the Beacons offense was dominant hitting a combined .275, while the defense held the Generals to a .250 hitting percentage.
Unfortunately the Beacons would not break .200 in the final three sets, with their best showing coming in the fourth set with a .150 hitting percentage. In the second and third sets the Beacons hit .114, while W&L improved greatly first hitting .269 in the second, then .235 in the third, and finally .279 in the fourth.
In the back court, senior libero Kayla Wilson (San Jose, Calif.) finished with a match-high 23 digs, with junior Corrine Porter (Huntington Beach, Calif.) right behind her with 22 put-ups. Rocha posted 12 digs to help the Beacons defensive effort. At the net the Beacons combined for two team blocks in the match.
For the Generals their defense was fueled by a combined five team blocks a team-best 21 digs from Kasey Cannon. Anna Lausberg was next on the team with 16, followed by Boles (13) and Kelly McManus (10).
Volleyball returns to action tomorrow when they face No. 3 Wittenberg College at 10:30 a.m. and No. 6 Emory University.