Marlins Drop a Pair in Tri-Match

Marlins Drop a Pair in Tri-Match

Marlins Drop a Pair in Tri-Match

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team lost a pair of four-set matches Saturday to two of the toughest squads in the region, falling to Washington and Lee and Mary Washington.
 
3-1 Loss to Washington and Lee (16-25, 25-16, 25-13, 26-24)
 
The Marlins jumped out to an early lead on Washington and Lee, hitting .229 in the first set while holding the Generals to a .059 mark in the first.
 
The Generals led 10-9 in the first set before an 8-1 run put the Marlins ahead 17-11. Doneisha Hall had a pair of kills in the run as three different players put away attack attempts.
 
The Marlins led 8-4 in the second set, but the Generals rallied to even the score at eight. VWU went up 9-8 on a service error, but it is the last lead the host team would have in the match.
 
Washington and Lee continued to pull away for the second-set victory, earning a win in the third as well. The guests led 23-19 in the fourth set when the Marlins rallied back.
 
Amber Matalus put away a kill while Hall contributed two, combined with two Generals, evened the score at 24. The momentum would end there though as a Marlin attack error and kill from Brynne Gould ended the match.
 
Gould led Washington and Lee (15-6/7-1) with 14 kills on a .314 hitting percentage while Elena West dished out 22 assists.
 
Elizabeth Britton finished with 12 kills on a .346 hitting mark while Emilee Pierson had 20 assists to go with 23 digs from Allison Mackley.
 
3-1 Loss to Mary Washington (11-25, 25-18, 25-21, 27-25)
 
The Marlins cruised to a first set victory against Mary Washington, hitting .423 in the initial set, capitalizing for 13 kills while committing just two errors.
 
Mary Washington rallied in the second, starting on an 8-1 run. Virginia Wesleyan cut the deficit to three, but the Eagles led the duration of the second set.
 
The two squads went back and forth in the third as the Marlins led 11-7 on a kill by Hall off a Meghan Wood assist.
 
Mary Washington rallied for an incredible 8-0 run to go ahead 15-11. Leslie Walters had three kills in the run while Savannah Powers added another.
 
VWU battled back again, scoring five-straight points to go ahead 16-15. Hall and Britton each added a kill to go with a Mackley ace and two UMW errors in the run.
 
The squads exchanged points, with Mary Washington pulling ahead by a narrow 22-19 lead late in the set that would prove to be the difference.
 
The Marlins led again in the fourth set, by leads of 7-3 and 22-17, but the Eagles rallied twice.
 
Following a 7-1 run, the Eagles led 24-23 while serving for match point. A kill by Dare Wright extended the match for the Marlins, but a block from Sisk gave the narrow lead back to Mary Washington.
 
Hall put away an assist from Pierson to even it at 25, but Powers took over for Mary Washington to close out the match. She finished off a beautiful kill from the middle for the 26-25 lead, blocking a Marlin attempt on the next point for the 27-25 win.
 
Powers had 16 kills for Mary Washington (12-8) while Wren Berry posted a match-high 46 assists.
 
Hall finished with 16 kills on a .308 hitting percentage. She had six kills and a .857 percentage in the first set alone. Pierson added 23 assists as Mackley contributed 25 digs.
 
Virginia Wesleyan (13-8/6-2) travels to Southern Virginia for a non-conference match on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.