ATLANTA, Georgia — The Washington and Lee University volleyball workforce clinched back-to-back victories on the opening day of the Emory Invitational with a 3-2 thriller over Birmingham-Southern and a 3-0 win over the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe on Friday night time.
Game 1 recap:
Washington and Lee (17-9) defeated ‘Southern (17-6), the receives votes in the AVCA Division III Coaches Poll, 23-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-23, 15-12 after falling 2-1 behind in three units.
The first match on W&L’s weekend checklist was a aggressive one, with the opening set exhibiting each groups scoring over .250 %. Despite three attracts, the Panthers took an early 2-1 lead and racked up pairs of factors till doubling in opposition to Blue and White 10-5. BSC caught to the 25:23 victory.
WLU bounced again with a cushty 25-17 win in the second collection. Southern’s offense struggled to discover a groove, ensuing in 10 errors, 4 of which had been on the service line, and a .054 batting common, whereas W&L had 11 kills on 34 makes an attempt (.206). At the web the generals knocked down seven blocks, Riley Debiec (Potomac, Md. / Bishop O’Connell) included 4 block templates Avery Myers (New York, NY / Poly Prep Country Day School) had a solo shot and three assists.
Trailing 5-2, the Blue-Whites went eight factors in a row to then double in opposition to the Panthers 10-5, a 7-1 run the different method gave BSC the benefit again.
A Lilly Holcomb (Greensboro, NC / Western Guilford) Kill would make the lead short-lived and shake the Panthers, their kill sparked 5 straight attacking errors, the 17-12 lead was sufficient for W&L to result in a 25-17 win and a 1- 1 rating.
BSC received the third set 25-15 because of an unbelievable .556 attacking common, 16 kills from 27 makes an attempt with only one miss.
W&L wanted to win to safe the match, struggling in opposition to 4 lead modifications and 10 ties to earn a 25-23 first-set reversal in favor of the Blue-Whites. Late in the set, BSC took 4 factors and a 22-21 lead, however Myers broke the streak with a kill arrange by Ashley Webb (Thousand Oaks, California / Westlake). Kills by Debiec and Sydney Heifner (Nashville, Tennessee / Harpeth Hall). McKenna Cook (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy) has a shot at the set level with an ace of service.
The deciding fifth set was a thrill with 9 attracts and 4 lead modifications. Southern led 8-7 to alter benches and the consequence would solely be one other 10-10 draw. Two pairs of consecutive W&L factors arrange a match-winning kill Maggie McSwain (Atlanta, Georgia/Westminster), 15-12.
The Generals recorded 17 blocks: McSwain and Debiec every counted eight and Myers added 5.
Webb amassed 48 assists and Caroline Gard (Naperville Illinois Benet Academy) dug up 20 assaults. Heifner and Cook added 16 and 15 digs, respectively.
Game 2 recap:
Washington and Lee (18-9) stayed on the courtroom and defeated Oglethorpe (13-10) in three units, 25-20 25-23 25-20.
The Generals continued their attacking prowess with units of .294, .200, and .400 attacking % by means of the three collection over the Stormy Petrels.
The blue-whites battled 19 lead modifications and 28 attracts to clinch victory.
In the opening set, runs of three, 4 and 5 factors in a row introduced the consequence to 21-17 in W&L’s favour. Oglethorpe threw in three factors over the final seven. After a serve error in the twenty fourth level, Debiec was set for the set level kill. Holcomb obtained 5 kills on 5 tries in the opening set with a block help. She led the workforce with 5.5 factors.
In the second stanza, 5 consecutive W&L factors resulted in a 9-6 lead, the Stormy Petrels rebounded with a streak of six, 4 kills and two W&L attacking errors, giving OU a 14-12 benefit. The consequence was 16, then 17,18, 22 and 23-23. Debiec grabbed the second set level after one other OU error at the service line to personal the 25-23 set.
The third set was filled with 11 multi-point runs and ties at 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 9-, 11-, and 14-all. Six W&L data, together with two of Debiec’s serve aces, lastly gave the blue-and-whites the lead, 20-14. The Generals grabbed 5 of the final seven factors, 4 kills and a Webb service ace to win the second match of the day in a 25-20 win.
Heifner added 15 complete kills to their night time, with Debiec recording 10. Allie Buchholz (Portland, Ore. / Jesuit) served 4 aces, Debiec added three.
Webb assisted 33 assists and Gard counted 18 digs with Buchholz including 9.
The Generals will wrap up the common season tomorrow and face No. 8 Berry at the 10 a.m. Emory National Invitational.
The ODAC match checklist and seeded pairings will likely be introduced later this weekend.