By Laura Tome
Shyanne Ison from Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and Tori Tuttle from Anahola, Hawaii, began playing volleyball for Southern Virginia University as freshmen in the fall of 2010. During their four years, Ison and Tuttle have broken eight all-time program records.
Ison holds records for most digs with 854, most service attempts with 807, most sets and matches played with 388 and 111, respectively. Ison also excelled in the classroom as she was a member of the USCAA All-Academic team three seasons in a row. Tuttle leads the Knights in most block assists with 253, most solo blocks with 96, most points with 1,063.5 and total blocks with 349. Tuttle was named to the USCAA All-America first team in 2011 and the USCAA All-America second team in 2012. Tuttle was also named to the CAC volleyball weekly honor roll five times during the 2013 season.
In 2011, Ison and Tuttle helped their team finish with a 17-10 record, earning them a spot at the USCAA National Championship Tournament. The team went on to finish third that year.
The two were thrilled to receive player of the week awards, as well as All-American and All-Academic honors, but what they are most grateful for is how each coach took the time to help build them as players and people. Ison and Tuttle feel indebted to all the coaches they have had as each contributed to their successes in volleyball as well as in life. Ison and Tuttle agree during the past four years they have learned not only how to be successful on the court, but also of the importance of excelling off the court. Both learned the importance of faith and trust during their four years with the Southern Virginia volleyball program. The two had faith and set examples to their younger teammates and as a result had huge success as players and as a team.
When asked about an influential teammate, Ison and Tuttle responded with each other.
“Tori and I have stuck together since day one,” Ison said. “We both came here as freshmen and were the only two to stay and play all four years. We helped encourage and push each other to become better, and I don’t think either of us could have made it through all four years without each other. I admire Tori for her hard work and determination and for always being an inspiration to both our teammates and me. She is a great leader and example to everyone, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have had to play volleyball with her and to become such close friends.”
Tuttle, referring to Ison, said, “We helped each other and motivated each other to stay and help build the program here at Southern Virginia. She always motivated me to work hard and do better. She is one of my closest friends because of it, and I know we will be good friends for life.”
Ison and Tuttle ended their final season with a 15-9 record and an overall record of 59-53.