BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The Meredith College volleyball squad knocked off Lynchburg 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-9) before falling to the host Bridgewater Eagles in straight sets (25-12, 25-19, 25-16). Caroline Corey earned a spot on the Route 42 Classic All-Tournament squad for her two-day efforts.
The teams battled for the win through the first three sets before Meredith cruised to an easy finish hitting .419 in the final set. Corey led with 15 kills, adding six digs. Avery Bowman, Whitney Bolton, and Ally Copenhaver landed seven kills apiece, with Lauren Grodi and Bailey Lucas posting a combined 34 assists. Lauren Phillips recorded a career-high 38 digs in the win, while Samantha Smith grabbed 13. Bolton added four blocks with Bowman recording five.
With little left in the tank for the Noon pairing, MCVB struggled for points versus the Eagles. After an early 5-3 advantage, BC rallied with six consecutive winners to take control of the first set, including three service aces from Sarah Kerns.
Meredith's front line improved in set two, but so did the Bridgewater Eagles to maintain control of the match. The Eagles held the lead throughout the third and final set to finish off the match with a win.
Phillips grabbed 18 digs, and Grodi recorded 14 assists. A dismal performance from the front line left Corey and Copenhaver leading the pack with just five kills apiece.
The Avenging Angels head to Lexington, Va., next Friday to face off with Southern Va. MCVB follows with the host Washington & Lee Generals Saturday, along with Gettysburg. Fans must wait three and one half weeks before the Angels return to Weatherspoon Athletic Center for a home opening match versus conference rival Averett University.
Route 42 Classic All-Tournament Team
Bridgewater (4-0) - Grace Hayes
Bryn Mawr (0-3) - Casandra Paiz
Catholic (1-3) - Caroline Kelly
Delaware Valley (0-3) - Caitlin Nemil
EMU (3-1) - Andrea Troyer
Lynchburg (3-1) - Lauren Stanford
Mary Baldwin (1-3) - Rachel Christian
Meredith (3-1) - Caroline Corey
Salem (2-2) - Kathryn O'Connell
Wilson (2-2) - Tia Jones