BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College volleyball team picked up a strong four set win over Lynchburg on Wednesday night.
Taylor McNeely served up 14 straight points in the first set to lead the Eagles to a commanding 25-8 set win, holding Lynchburg to a -.400 hitting percentage. The Hornets had a stretch of six back-to-back hitting errors that all but sealed the set for the home team.
Lynchburg tied up the game in set two by a score of 25-15 for a convincing win of their own. The Hornets kept the Eagles at a .000 hitting percentage.
With the match tied at one set a piece, the teams would play to extra points in the third. Lynchburg was ahead 23-21, but kills from Lisa O'Grady and Hope Jennings tied the set. After trading points to make it 24-24, another O'Grady kill plus one from Madison Haynes gave the Eagles the 26-24 win and two set advantage.
The teams played point for point in the fourth with Lynchburg always seeming to be one point behind. However, the Eagles never let the Hornets tie the game. Lynchburg was one point away at 19-18 before the Eagles rattled off five straight points behind strong serving from Grace Hayes and kills from Rachel Gaston and Haynes. Gaston secured the win with one final kill.
Gaston led Bridgewater with 12 kills to go with 13 digs for another double-double. Jennings and O'Grady had eight kills each. Jyailah Friendly had a match and career high 19 digs, followed by McNeely with 18. Hayes contributed 33 assists to go with 3 kills and 3 blocks.
Bridgewater is now 15-1 on the year. They move on to face Washington & Lee and Ferrum in a home tri-match on Saturday, September 28. The Eagles will face the Generals at 11:00 a.m. followed by the Panthers at 3:00 p.m.