ASHLAND, Va. – The Bridgewater volleyball team was defeated, 3-0, by Washington and Lee on Saturday morning during the semifinal round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament at Randolph-Macon College.
Sophomore Megann Grimes led the Eagles with eight kills, junior Katie Long followed close behind with seven kills. Seniors Cadie Castle and Bethany Doman each recorded six kills, while Doman added 10 digs for the Eagles.
Setter Lindsay Kallam tallied 25 assists and added 11 digs.
Washington and Lee outside hitters Anna Lausberg and M.A. Boles recorded double-doubles on the morning. Lausberg had 16 kills and 10 digs, while Boles added 14 kills and 10 digs.
Washington and Lee recorded three kills in a row right out of the gate of the first set. Back-to-back kills from Long and two Generals errors put the Eagles ahead, 6-4. The two teams continued to trade points until kills from Grimes and Doman pushed the Eagles to match point at a 24-22 margin, forcing Washington and Lee to call a timeout. Coming out of the break the Generals earned the next four points from three kills and a Bridgewater ball handling error to take the win, 26-24.
Bridgewater maintained a lead in the second set until the 11-11 mark where a kill from Maddie Kosar gave the Generals the go ahead point. The Eagles fought back to tie the set 14-14 but a kill from Boles and a kill from Lausberg put the Generals up by two points. A kill from Grimes and a Generals error brought Bridgewater within one point of Washington and Lee, 22-21. The Generals earned the last three points with back-to-back kills from Boles and a Bridgewater error to take the set, 25-21.
Washington and Lee came out strong in the third set and took advantage of numerous Eagles errors and a kill from Kosar to put the score at a 13-7 Generals advantage. The Eagles were able to earn points back with kills from Long and Cadie Castle but a five-point run from the Generals caused by Bridgewater errors and a kill from Kosar ended the set 25-13.
Grimes earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after posting 15 kills in Bridgewater's two postseason appearances.
Bridgewater finishes the season with an 18-15 overall record.