Season Ends for Marlins in ODAC Semifinals

Elizabeth Britton (L) and Dare Wright
Elizabeth Britton (L) and Dare Wright

Season Ends for Marlins in ODAC Semifinals

ASHLAND, Va. -- The No. 3-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball battled No. 2 Washington and Lee University to a fourth set on Friday, but ultimately fell in the ODAC Semifinals by a score of 25-20, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21.

The Marlins previously fell to Washington and Lee in four sets in the regular season matchup on October 14.

W&L, who lost just one ODAC contest in the regular season, proved to be a tough opponent, hitting .304 in the first set to win 25-20. The Generals connected for 16 kills against just two errors.

The Marlins trailed again in the second set, by a 9-6 margin, before rallying to even the match at a set apiece. VWU connected for a Lauren Topper kill, followed by an attack error to cut the deficit to one point. Following a W&L kill, the Marlins posted two more on a pair of errors to even the set at 10-all.

The two squads battled to a 14-all tie when the Marlins went on a 4-0 run to go up 18-14. Kristina Scott and Amber Matalus posted kills in the spurt to go with a pair of W&L errors. The Generals cut it to three points, but could not regain the lead as the Marlins raced out to the win.

The Generals rushed out fast in the third set, maintaining a lead throughout the set. Washington and Lee hit an incredible .444 in the set, connecting on 15 kills in just 27 attempts as the defense held the Marlins to a .065 clip.

Washington and Lee looked to close out the fourth set, leading 23-16 and needing just a pair of points to advance to the finals. Virginia Wesleyan sided out on a Doneisha Hall kill to make it 23-17. A block from Dare Wright and Elizabeth Britton, followed by a kill from Scott, made it 23-19. Another shared block by Wright and Britton made it 23-20, capping off a VWU 4-0 run.

With the Marlins possessing the momentum, Ashleigh Meade sent a kill down to force a W&L side out. Meg Guignon finished off the match with a kill to advance the Generals on in the tournament.

Brynne Gould had 19 kills for Washington and Lee while Guignon contributed 12 kills and 22 digs.

Hall had nine kills for the Marlins while Allison Mackley tallied 38 digs.

Virginia Wesleyan finishes the season with an 18-10 record and an 8-3 mark in ODAC play. Washington and Lee (24-9) will face Randolph-Macon College (22-6) in the ODAC Championship on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.