VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team split its two matches on the day, falling to Washington and Lee, 3-1, in the opening match before defeating Hollins, 3-1, in match two. With the results, the Marlins move to 20-7 on the season and move to 9-2 in conference play.
MATCH ONE: W&L – 3 VWU – 1 (25-20, 14-25, 26-24, 25-18)
The first set remained close, but the Marlin defense wasn't enough to fend off a hard-hitting Generals offense. After sealing the second set with a dominant offensive performance and hitting percentage of .286, the team lost a close third set, and then also the deciding fourth.
The Marlins were led by Elizabeth Britton who finished with 12 kills. Lauren Topper followed behind Britton with 9, and Greta Coss logged 8. Haley Sutton led the team in assists with 19 on the contest, and Meghan Wood was right behind her with 28. On the defensive end, Alyssa Taylor snagged 22 digs.
MATCH TWO: VWU – 3 HOLLINS – 1 (20-25, 28-26, 30-28, 25-15).
This match was a grind right from the get go as two of the sets needed extra points to decide a victor. After dropping the opening set, the Marlins found themselves in a 24-20 hole nearing the end of the match. The team went on to ward off four match points thanks in part to three kills from Britton and pull out the win. Set three had a similar feeling as Hollins was once again in a position to take the set lead. Down 24-23, the poin battle went back and forth as Hollins had a chance to close it four separate times. The Marlins staved off all four times eventually using kills by Sutton and Britton to close things out.
The Marlins had multiple players reach the double-digit kill mark, including Amber Matalus who finished the match with 18. Britton and Topper weren't far behind with 17 and 16, respectively, while Coss ended with 13.
Setting duties were split once again with Wood collecting 34 assists and Sutton 31.
Volleyball will return to action once again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the team travels to Lynchburg for a crucial ODAC battle.