BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's volleyball team swept its' third consecutive opponent 25-10, 25-11, 25-23 against Eastern Mennonite University Friday night.
Curtis Stone impressed with six kills while recording a .625 hitting average, and Jeremy Brown matched Stone with six kills. Kaipo Tagaloa dished out 16 assists, and McKay Walker showed his serving skills with five service aces. Nahuel Reccabarren chipped in four kills with a .429 hitting average while Paul Candland finished his night with five kills.
Beginning the match, both teams traded points finding themselves knotted at three points apiece before the Knights (5-3, 1-0 CVC) used an 8-1 run jumpstarted off a Stone kill to boost their lead to 11-4. Southern Virginia University outscored the Royals (2-3, 1-1 CVC) 14-6 the remainder of the set led by Paul Candland's two kills.
The Knights began the second set dominantly with an early 9-1 lead with two Walker service aces. Eastern Mennonite would answer with a 5-2 run of their own to bring the score to 11-6 midway through the set. Southern Virginia did not let the Royals have any hope of a comeback, outscoring Eastern Mennonite 14-5 the remainder of the second set. Candland led his team in the second with three kills and two service aces.
After exchanging points early in the final set with both teams tied at five, the Knights used a 7-2 run to bring their lead to 12-7 midway through the set initiated off a service ace from Samuel Candland. The Royals cut their deficit to one point 12-11 following a 4-0 run before both teams went back and forth until the score reached 16-15.
Eastern Mennonite picked up its first lead after using a 6-1 run to bring their lead to 21-17. Southern Virginia collected themselves and used a kill from Brown and two more service aces from Stone to cut the Royals' lead to one 21-20. Both teams scored two points before a Mark Stapley kill tied the set at 23. Southern Virginia University then capitalized on two final errors from Eastern Mennonite to complete the sweep.
Southern Virginia ended the match with a team hitting average of .354 while adding 16 service aces. The Knights' held strong out digging the Royals 19-14 and Southern Virginia added six blocks on the night.
The Knights travel to Randolph-Macon on Thursday, Feb. 20, for a non-conference matchup against the Hornets. The match is set for 6 p.m.