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September 19, 2009

SVU Splits Tri-Match WITH EHC & EMU

HARRISONBURG, Va. The Southern Virginia Volleyball team split a Tri-Match Saturday with Emory & Henry and Eastern Mennonite. The Knights first fell to Emory & Henry 3-0, but regrouped to in the second match beat the host school.

The misery of the previous weekend and the loss at Ferrum continued for the Knights as they were unable to beat ODAC member Emory and Henry. SVU fell 25-18, 25-18 and 25-17. Aubrey Muaina and Brynn Hansen led the Knights with 11 and 9 kills respectively.

"It was a very challenging first match for us," Head Coach Brian Pendleton said. "After this past week I was very concerned with how we would react today. I think we were nervous and it showed in our play, and they (Emory & Henry) took advantage of that quickly."

Muaina was again at the front of the Knight attack and pushed the team to the victory over the hosts later in the game. Joined by Ashley Miles the duo combined for 29 kills (17 for Muaina and 12 for Miles). Sarah Gaskins orchestrated the offense recording 39 assists. The Knights finished off the Royals in four games 25-18, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-13.

"It was nice to get back to winning," said Pendleton. "I was also very happy with the manner that we won. It was a very dominating performance and we played well. It's always tough to lose, but the experience we're getting has helped immensely. I feel we're getting better every day. Results like this show it."

The Knights now stand at 6-11 on the season. They travel to Randolph Sept. 26 for a match against the Wildcats.