LYNCHBURG, Va. – A pair of double-digit kill performances by Abbi Leeper (12) and Josey Walton (11) helped spark the Lynchburg volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 victory over Guilford in a clash of the two ODAC programs on Thursday, April 24th.
Leeper finished off the match with a .346 attack percentage while Walton combined for a .421 attack percentage to lead the way for the Hornets' (8-5, 7-2 ODAC) offense. Flinn Christian highlighted the defensive efforts with 18 digs, while Natalie Lavelle added two assisted blocks.
Guilford (1-7, 0-7 ODAC), playing without the services of Cameron Blankenship due to injury, was led by the combination of Amanda Rabey (8 kills / 3 assisted blocks), Bryce Smith (10 digs) and Carson Evans (10 assists).
Locked in a four-all tie early in the first set, Lynchburg used an 13-3 run that included two kills by Leeper and three service aces from Taylor Breeden to move in front 17-7. Smith answered with a service ace of her own and Hannah Stout drove home a kill to help Guilford trim the lead to six, 23-17, but a Leeper kill provided the Hornets with the decisive point.
The two teams traded jabs throughout the second game, enduring 12 ties in the first 40 points to reach a 20-20 deadlock. An attack error briefly gave Guilford the one-point lead, but a service error coupled with a kill by Leeper pushed the Hornets in front 22-21. Kaitlyn Kelly kept the Quakers within striking distance, 23-22, but kills by Leeper and Khoury May down the stretch made the difference.
The back-and-forth battle between the two programs continued in the early stages of the third set when a kill by stout coupled with a service error resulted in a 6-6 tie. Guilford assumed a three-point advantage, 11-8, following a slam by Rabey, but a 12-3 run by the Hornets followed as Lynchburg assumed the 20-14 lead. Walton added two kills down the stretch while Emma Drake converted back-to-back service aces to mark the third set win.
The Quakers end the regular season with a clash at Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday, April 25th at 3 p.m.