LEXINGTON — Washington and Lee’s volleyball team ended the week with a perfect 3-0 scoreline after beating rival University of Lynchburg in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-23 , 25-22) Saturday.
The Hornets opened the game by taking an early lead in the first set 3-0. After the advantage, the Generals would battle to even the game at nine-a-piece to force the Hornets timeout.
After the timeout, the Generals went on a 6-1 run to take a 15-10 lead. After another Lynchburg timeout, the Hornets would take them to a point 19-18. The Generals were forced into a timeout with the Hornets threatening to take the lead.
After the head coach Bryan Snyder was able to talk to his team, the offense came alive to take the game out of the hand of the senior outside hitter Sidney Heifner (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall), 25-21.
Leading 1-0, the Generals fell behind early in the second set 7-5. The generals pushed to a. 16-15 advantage in the middle of the set. Lynchburg would, however, tie the set up at 21 pieces. After some mistakes by the Hornets, the Generals forced a timeout in Lynchburg with a 24-23 set point. After the timeout, another mistake by the Lynchburg forward gave the Generals the 25-23 win.
Another slow start for the Generals gave the Hornets an early lead in the deciding third set 4-1. The Generals, however, activated the offense on an 11-0 run to take a 12-4 advantage. The run proved too difficult for the Hornets as the Generals won the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.
Heifner recorded 16 kills and 14 digs in the game. Senior setter Ashley Webb (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) also had 21 assists and 11 digs.
Senior Libero Caroline Gard (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) moved up to third all-time in Washington and Lee history with 1,539 digs after posting 14 digs against the Hornets. The Gard is only 19 excavations from the first place in school history.
The Generals return to action on Tuesday (Sept. 27) to take on Southern Virginia University.