By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's volleyball team completed a three-game sweep of No. 5 Marymount University in front of a full house Friday night, handing the Saints their first Continental Volleyball Conference loss of the season.
The Knights (6-4, 2-2 CVC) won the first set 25-23, causing Marymount (11-4, 3-1 CVC) to pick up the intensity in the second set. The Saints made a late run in the second set to take a five-point lead, 23-18; two points away from winning the set. The Knights clawed their way back into the set, tying the game at 24 all. The teams would knot the score three more times before Southern Virginia strung together a side-out and point for the win.
The battle continued in the first half of the final set, as neither team led by more than a point. At the 9-9 mark, however, Southern Virginia went on a six-point run with Colby Wilson serving to go up 15-9 and put the game out of reach. The final score of set three was 25-18.
Southern Virginia has its highest hitting game of the year, with a kill percentage of .393, and only ten attack errors.
Argentine Nahuel Recabarren led the Knights' attack with 10 kills on 18 swings. Paul Clark added nine kills while Wilson had seven. Setter Kaipo Tagaloa dished 25 assists and had a trio of service aces.
The Saints won the attack battle with 43 kills compared to the Knights' 32 but recorded 24 errors at the service line. The Knights had eight blocks, led by Wilson's four.
Southern Virginia's test continues Saturday as the team hosts division foe No. 10 Juniata at 2 p.m. and No. 4 UC Santa Cruz in the nightcap at 7 p.m. The Knights lost to Juniata 3-2 on the road earlier in the season.