No.13 Knights Take Season Opener Over No. 15 Elms College

No.13 Knights Take Season Opener Over No. 15 Elms College

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University No.13 ranked men's volleyball team opened their season Friday night defeating No. 15 Elms College 3-1.

The Knights (1-0) dropped the first set, committing more errors (8) than kills (6). The Blazers (0-1) hot start took the set 25-17 while hitting .429 and accounting for 12 kills.

The momentum changed in the second set for the Knights. Southern Virginia elimination of errors and an improved hitting percentage helped claim set two with the Knights edging the Blazers 25-23.

The Knights third set consisted of an offensive repertoire from the team with 17 kills. Southern Virginia recorded their highest hitting percentage of the match .316 collecting the win 25-23.

Southern Virginia finished off Elms College in the fourth set by the score of 25-21. The Knights closed with 13 kills, committing five errors and a hitting percentage of .308.

"I was proud of how our team bounced back after dropping the first set," said assistant head coach Jon Baker. "We started passing better which helped us run our back row attack efficiently. Elms is a great team with talented players. We will look to keep moving forward after tonight's win."

The dynamic duo of Nahuel Recabarren and Paul Clark accounted for 35 of the teams 46 kills. Recabarren registered the game-high 21 kills while hitting .333, with five digs and four total blocks. Clark tallied 14 kills with a team-high .379 hitting percentage, eight digs, and two service aces with Kaipo Tagaloa collecting a game-high 34 assists.

The Knights compete next at the Juniata Tournament Friday, Jan. 25 against Wittenburg at 5:00 p.m.