Guilford opened up Senior Day against Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent Bridgewater. The Quakers took the first set, but Bridgewater rallied back to win the next three to earn the victory (25-16, 22-25, 15-25, 21-25).
The Quakers (8-14, 3-5 ODAC) were lead by Malikah French’s match-high 13 kills on .417 hitting. Laura Kopald, Brittany DeCesare and Mary Moody all had nine kills in the match. Setter Taylor Whitley had 32 assists, 12 digs and three aces. Taylor Phillips, also a senior, picked up a match-high 25 digs.
The Eagles earned the win with a balanced attack. Senior Katie Baker lead the way with 14 digs, five blocks and a team-high 11 kills on .381 hitting. Mara Hogan had nine kills and a team-high 17 digs, Katie Long had 8 kills and Bethany Doman and Cadie Castle had seven kills and 4 blocks each to help Bridgewater (11-11, 4-3 ODAC) take the match. Casey O’Leary and Lindsay Kallam rounded out the attack with 14 digs and 12 digs and 38 assists, respectively.
In the second game of the day, Guilford came out with a vengeance. The Quakers were determined to win and beat the Avenging Angels, 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-16).
The seniors lead the way to go 1-1 on the day. Laura Kopald and Emma Gunn came out strong to pace the Quakers with 11 kills a piece on .267 and .579, respectively. Mary Moody had seven kills and 14 digs. Taylor Phillips had a team-high 16 digs in the match. Sophomore Taylor Whitley recorded 39 assists and freshman Brittany DeCesare chipped in with eight kills.
Meredith (14-9) battled in all three sets behind Molly Markley’s 11 kills. Rebecca Yow, Caroline Cobb and Anna Hayes each had six kills in the match. Clarke Glendenning lead the team with 19 assists and also picked up 13 digs. Kara Baughman added 13 assists and Emily Anderson contributed a match-high 25 digs in the loss.
Guilford will be back in action on Thursday (10/20) against Roanoke in an ODAC match-up at 6:30 p.m. at Ragan-Brown Field House.