It took just under a month — 28 days — for William and Mary to snap its 11-game losing skid. After dropping a 3-1 decision to the College of Charleston Friday, the Tribe topped Elon Saturday, 3-1, to secure its first win since Sept. 6.
After splitting the weekend home stand, the College sits at 5-13 on the season, including a 1-3 Colonial Athletic Association record.
The College opened the weekend against defending conference champion Charleston (12-7, 4-0 CAA), a squad that has won 18 of their last 19 conference games. After claiming the first set, 25-17, the Tribe dropped the next three sets as the Cougars eased to a 3-1 win.
Once again, the College recorded more blocks than its opponents (14-7). The game saw 17 ties and five lead changes.
Facing an 11-game streak without a win, the College hosted Elon Saturday. Koleva paced the Tribe, recording seven of squad’s 14 first-set kills as the College eased to a 25-14 first-set win. Koleva finished the night with 17 kills and 13 digs, good for a conference-best fourth consecutive double-double.
Elon rallied for a 25-22 second-set win thanks to a late run. The Tribe returned the favor in the third set, enjoying runs of 9-2, 6-0 and 7-1 to claim the set, 25-9. Koleva came through for the College again, recording the set’s final kill.
Brickerd tallied seven of her 14 kills in the fourth set as the Tribe built a 17-7 lead. The College went on to win the set, 25-16, capping the 3-1 match win.
The Phoenix recorded 10 blocks to the Tribe’s nine and a half. The College shined defensively, tallying 90 digs to Elon’s 64.
With its first conference win in hand, the Tribe returns to action Friday as it travels to conference-foe Delaware. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.