Multiple Eagles Set Career Highs in Volleyball's Sweep of the Route 42 Classic

rachel gaston blocks a ball

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Senior Rachel Gaston set a new career high of 25 kills to cap off a four win weekend for the Eagles at the Route 42 Classic.

Game One: Bridgewater 3, Meredith 0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-16)

After falling behind 5-3 in set one, the Eagles jumped out to a commanding 12-6 lead over the Avenging Angels and never looked back. Gaston went on a service run to take an 18-8 advantage. A combination of Meredith errors and kills from Gaston, Emily Hanger and Sarah Kerns closed out set one.

The home team followed suit in set two by jumping out to a 14-6 lead. The visitors stuck around but could never take an advantage. The Eagles never dropped their pace of play throughout the rest of the match to take a 3-0 victory, their third of the weekend.

Gaston and Hanger led the Eagles with ten kills each. Gaston earned a double-double with 13 digs. Taylor McNeely added 12 digs for the Eagles while Grace Hayes collected 31 assists and eight digs.

Game Two: Bridgewater 3, Catholic 2 (25-13, 24-26, 27-25, 17-25, 15-10)

Bridgewater took set one easily from the Cardinals, who had just finished playing in a five-set loss to Lynchburg. Gaston picked up seven of her match and career high 25 kills in the opener.

Catholic woke up in the third set and played point for point with Eagles. In the end, two Cardinal kills and an Eagle error gave the visitors the set to tie the match.

The third set was a replica of the second with both teams trading points until the score was even at 25-25. Catholic missed on two attack attempts to give the Eagles a one set advantage and the 27-25 overtime win.

The Cardinals played their best set of the evening in the fourth, taking a 25-17 win to push a fifth and final set.

Catholic held a 5-6 advantage but missed a serve to send Gaston behind the service line. She rattled off four balls to give the Eagles a comfortable 11-6 advantage. With the momentum behind them, Bridgewater cruised to 15-10 set win.

Hope Jennings was second on the team with a solid 13 kills. Five Eagles – Gaston (22), Taylor McNeely (27), Jyailah Friendly (18), Hayes (12), and Jessica Bissmeyer (14) – all picked up double-digits digs. Friendly, Hayes, and Bissmeyer all recorded new career-highs in the category as well. The team totaled 102 digs throughout the match, the fourth most in Bridgewater volleyball history. Hayes set a new career high with 54 assists.

The Eagles are now 4-0 and return to action next weekend at the Roanoke Maroon Classic.