BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College Volleyball team split the final day of the Route 42 Classic. The Eagles won their second come-from-behind victory of the short season against Salem, but fell to Catholic in straight sets.
Match One: Bridgewater 3, Salem 2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-4)
The Eagles found themselves down two sets to none entering the third, the same position they were in just a day before when they came back to beat the Saints of Marymount University. With the Eagles up 19-17 in third, Rachel Gaston made a run of six straight points at the service line to seal the third set victory for the Eagles.
The fourth set was much tighter and the Eagles left everything on the floor. Deja Booker and Allison Clark closed the set with consecutive kills, both fed by Victoria Wilson, to force the fifth and final set.
Bridgewater grabbed the led from the start and never looked back in the fifth, rolling to a 15-4 victory. Taylor McNeely and Jenna Hamra both set new careers with 31 and 22 digs respectively. Rachel Gaston once again led the Eagles and tied her career high with 24 kills. Victoria Wilson paced the Eagles offense with 42 assists.
Match Two: Bridgewater 0, Catholic 3 (22-25, 19-25, 19-25)
The Eagles were back on court for their second match of the day facing the Catholic Cardinals. Both the Eagles and the Cardinals came into this final match undefeated in tournament.
Catholic held the edge throughout the first and second sets, never letting the Eagles within more than two points. Bridgewater came within one point at the end of the third with hopes of pushing the game to a fourth set but were not able to complete what would have been their third comeback of the weekend.
Taylor McNeely led the team with 16 digs and Rachel Gaston earned 10 kills. The Eagles finished the Route 42 Classic with a 3-1 record to the start the 2018 season. Rachel Gaston earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team after her monstrous weekend, recording 64 kills and 73 digs.
The team returns to action next weekend in the Roanoke College Maroon Classic.