Against Hollins on Saturday, senior outside hitter M.A. Boles set the W&L all-time kills record. Boles came into the match four kills behind Lindsey Ruckert’s ’02 record of 1,519. It took until the third set, but M.A. tallied her fifth kill of the match to secure her spot in the record book. She finished with eight kills to move her career total to 1,523. The video of the record-breaking kill can be seen below.
Also against Hollins, senior setter Meghan Meleski notched her 3,000th assist to become just the second player in W&L history to reach the historic plateau. Meghan is second all-time at W&L in assists with 3,039. Christine Gladysz ’06 holds the all-time W&L and ODAC record with 5,216. You can watch Meghan’s 3,000th assist on the video below.
Following the achievements by the two senior captains, a few members of the team provided some comments on what it has been like to play with M.A. and Meghan.
From senior outside hitter Allison Rouse
As a fellow senior, I have loved playing with Meg and Mash all four years. It’s great to come to the gym everyday and be with two of my best friends.
Meg brings the best intensity to both practice and matches. She works hard during every play and never gives up on a ball. She expects the best out of everyone individually and does a great job holding everyone to our standards. Meg also is great at pushing every player to reach their highest potential every time they step on the court. She is one of the smartest players and is able to create so many successful opportunities for our hitters.
In practice Mash brings the right balance between improvement and competition. She knows how to motivate our team as a whole, as well as on an individual basis and is able to bring out the best in our team. In matches, we all have so much confidence in her because she is able to produce in every situation.
Meg and Mash are both incredible role models for everyone on the team and I am so lucky to call both of them my teammates and friends.
From junior defensive specialist Kelly McManus
I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to play with two of W&L’s best volleyball players for three years. Meghan and Mash have been amazing leaders for the program. They both definitely lead by example — they are consistently two of the hardest working players in the gym. Not only are they always hustling and competing hard, but they constantly give feedback to other players to make everyone around them better. In the last few years, I have seen them work diligently to become better players and leaders.
As a fellow captain, I really admire Mash and Meghan’s confidence both on and off the court. They’re leaders on the floor — Meghan is a playmaker and Mash is a terminator– but they are also very confident when we are making decisions and upholding standards that affect the entire team. In the last 3 years, I have seen each of them grow in maturity and confidence. All of the players, myself included, work to emulate the confidence, consistency, and drive to excel that Mash and Meghan demonstrate every day.
Mash and Meghan prove every day that leaders can encourage their team, work hard, be successful, and have a lot of fun. Just a few plays after Mash broke the W&L career kills record on Saturday, she high-fived me, giggled, and encouraged me to “stick a 3-pass… right meow.” Meghan is constantly cracking jokes, most of which usually involve causing physical harm to sophomore outside hitter Christina Kamis, who is injured for the season. Their relatable and friendly personalities truly foster our team’s positive culture.
Statistically, they are two of the team’s best players, but their intangible qualities make them some of the best leaders and teammates the W&L volleyball program has ever seen.
From sophomore outside hitter Anna Lausberg
Getting to play with Mash has been such a great opportunity and I’m so lucky to have played with her for these past two seasons. Just being able to watch her play every day and learn from watching her has helped me grow as a player and a person. On and off the court, she is a role model and a leader, and her support, guidance and talent benefits each member of the team in a positive way.
From sophomore setter Alex Kinzer
I have learned from Meghan the importance of hustle and determination. She has been an awesome example of how to be emotionally tough and play hard even when in pain.
From first-year middle blocker Mackenzie Shand
Mash and Meg are the examples I look up to and want to be like in four years. They showcase to a tee what and who I want to be not only as a senior volleyball player, but also as a person. They’re always ready for me if I need any advice or have any questions or even just to listen if I have a weird story I want to share (which is often). I couldn’t have asked for better role models to look up to in my first year and lead me for my first season at W&L. I only wish I could have more time to play with them!