By: Chip Whipple
Assistant Sports Information Director
Through 23 matches of the 2013 regular season, the Washington and Lee volleyball team has compiled an 18-5 overall record and a 7-0 mark in the ODAC. To take a deeper look into the team this year we will dive into some more difficult to find statistics and some fun facts about the team. Without further ado, here is the “By The Numbers” for the W&L volleyball team going in descending order.
2,310 – The number of miles the team has traveled by bus or van round trip for their 12 matches away from the Warner Center so far this season. The Generals will add another 941 miles before the start of the ODAC Tournament.
1992 – The birth year of the four oldest members of the team (outside hitter Allison Rouse, junior defensive specialist Kelly McManus, senior outside hitter M.A. Boles and senior setter Meghan Meleski). This means that every player on the team was born after the theatrical releases of Beauty and the Beast, Terminator 2 and The Silence of the Lambs. The youngest members of the team were born in 1995 (first-year defensive specialist Maddy Cutler, first-year middle blocker Ellie Darbyshire, first-year defensive specialist Sam Moench and first-year middle blocker Mackenzie Shand).
277 – The sophomore class has the most players on the team with seven. In the last year and a half, those seven players have combined to play in 277 matches. The class is comprised of outside hitter Mansie Hough, middle blocker Jenna Gustafson, setter Alex Kinzer, outside hitter Christian Kamis, right side Maddie Kosar, outside hitter Anna Lausberg and defensive specialist Kasey Cannon.
88 – The number of combined wins of the five opponents W&L has lost to this season. Their combined record is 88-28 for a .759 winning percentage.
67 – M.A. is only 67 kills away from tying the ODAC all-time kills record of 1,656, currently held by Heather Cook ’05 of Roanoke. M.A. is second all-time with 1,589.
49 – The season high in assists recorded by Meghan at Centre on Oct. 11.
22 – The amount of double-doubles W&L players have totaled this year. M.A. and Meghan each have 10, while Maddie has two.
22 – Most kills recorded by a General this year, which was done by M.A. in a 3-1 win over Randolph-Macon.
22 – Kelly totaled a team-high 22 digs two times this season. She did it at Shenandoah on Oct. 2 and at Marietta on Sept. 21.
13 – The Generals have swept 13 of their 18 wins, while they have only lost 3-0 once this year (to 14th-ranked Otterbein).
12.23 – Washington and Lee is 18th in Division III in assists per set at 12.23. St. Benedict holds the top spot at 13.62.
10 – This year’s squad is comprised of 17 players who come from 10 different states. Florida is the most common home of a Generals’ volleyball player as there are four Floridians on the roster (Mansie, Kelly, Anna and Sam). Virginia brings in the next highest number of players with three.
7 – The number of players who had a parent compete in a sport in college. The seven Generals are Kelly, first-year outside hitter Courtney Freudenthal, first-year middle blocker Elizabeth Hollander, M.A., Maddie, Kasey and Mackenzie. More information on what their parents competed in can be found in the players’ bios.
6 – Mackenzie tallied a season-high six total blocks against Meredith on Sept. 6.
6 – Both Meghan and M.A. registered six aces in a match this year. Meghan did it at Marietta on Sept. 21, and M.A. notched the total against Hollins on Oct. 5.
5’10” – This marks the average height on the team, despite the fact that not a single player is this listed height. Ellie stands the tallest at 6-3, while Kelly is looking up at everyone else on the team at 5-4.
.358 – Marks the current hitting percentage of Mackenzie, which currently leads the ODAC. If she finished the season with her hitting percentage over .352, it would be the highest total for any W&L player with at least 100 kills, since Susan Gaillard totaled .407 in 2005.
0 – While a relatively easy statistic to find, it is the number of losses the Generals have suffered in the ODAC, as they currently hold the top spot in the conference standings.