BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Volleyball team swept both matches of a double-header with visitors West Virginia Tech. The Knights swept the first match 25-12, 25-4 and 25-8. SVU was able to maintain a large lead throughout the first game, and set the tone early. West Virginia Tech was playing without several key players due to injury, but the Golden Bears fought hard, and never gave up at any point in the night. Their intensity and commitment impressed Head Coach Brian Pendleton.
"They've (WV Tech) had a tough year," said Pendleton. "Injuries to one key player is bad enough, but several injuries is devastating, and yet they still kept at us all night long. I have a lot of respect for those girls and that program. They're in a rebuilding year. It's no fun, but their attitudes will help them in the long run."
Pendleton also saw his team perform well, and establish dominance throughout the evening. This manifested itself in the second game when the hosts limited the competition to only 4 points. The team was clicking as they had several assists, and put away many chances during the game. The third game of the first match was more of the same, and the Knights quickly finished off the first match.
"We have started to click in the past few matches," said Pendleton. "Tonight we had a good flow and played our type of game. The results take care of themselves when you dictate the pace and style of the game. We're starting to do that now."
The second match was similar to the first, and the momentum for the Knights allowed them to play reserve players. This opportunity paid off as the Knights again jumped to a large lead, and made the most of the advantage. Carly Skinner came in for great praise from Pendleton, and her performance was indicative of all of the Knight reserves.
"It's always nice when everyone can play in the game," Pendleton said. "It's even better when they play well. Carly did that. She was a force out there tonight."
The Knights were able to string together several runs against the Golden Bears in the second match, and cruised to the 3-0 victory, 25-14, 25-5 and 25-5. The Knights now are 10-11 on the season. The next match for SVU is Oct. 6 when the team travels to play at Concord. The Knights were able to overcome the Mountain Lions in a thrilling five game match in September.