No. 8 Knights Handed First Loss of Season by No. 5 Mustangs

No. 8 Knights Handed First Loss of Season by No. 5 Mustangs

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's volleyball team suffered their first loss in a top-10 clash Friday night, falling 3-2 to No. 5 Stevenson University.

The Knights (3-1) started slowly allowing the Mustangs (9-1) to take the first set 25-23. The Knights hit .179 with 11 kills and six errors on a total of 28 attacks.

In the second set, the Knights slightly increased their hitting percentage to .182 and managed to secure the second set with a 25-23 victory.

The Mustangs came out on top with a 26-24 triumph in the third set of the game as the Knights committed a total of 13 errors despite recording 17 kills.

Southern Virginia shot out in the fourth set, building the largest lead in the match of 11 points. The Knights hit an impressive .625 registering 11 kills on 16 attacks to propel the Knights to a deciding set.

In the final set, the Knights led early by five points forcing a Stevenson timeout. After the timeout, the Mustangs strung together five straight points to tie the game at 10. The two teams battled back and forth into a 15-15 tie, where the Mustangs finished the game winning 17-15.

The Knights had four players reach double figures in kills with Cougar Clark and Nahuel Recabarren both leading with 19 kills. Colby Wilson and Mark Stapley also reached double figures with 11 and 10 kills. Kaipo Tagaloa reached a new career-high in assists with 55 and also adding 12 digs. Danny Aina led Southern Virginia with 13 digs.

The Knights will start conference play next week as they face Immaculata on the road Friday, Feb. 8 at 6:00 p.m.