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August 28, 2010

Knights Go 1-3 At Milligan Mountain Madness

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tn. In the first competitions of the year, the Southern Virginia Volleyball team stumbled out of the gates, losing three matches, and winning one, at the Milligan Mountain Madness Tournament. The Knights headed in to the tournament under first year head coach Ricky Messman, and were looking to find out how much progress had been made in the pre-season. SVU (1-3) got a rude awakening to the season when they faced off against Bryan College. Bryan jumped out early on the Knights, and never looked back scoring a 25-16, 25-15 and 25-18 win over the Knights,

Southern Virginia was able to regroup for the second match against Trvecca Nazarene. The first two games of the match looked as if the Knights would bow out quickly, but a strong third game, saw SVU win 25-16, and gave the team hope for a comeback. Ali Krebs continued to direct the offense for the Knights, as she totaled 35-assists in the match. A team effort on defense was seen, as a total of 43-digs were recorded in the game, to accompany 23-total blocks. Despite the solid efforts put in by the team, TNU was able to escape the fourth and deciding game with a score of 25-20 for the 3-1 match win.

In the second day of competition the Knights were able to record a win, as they swept UVA-Wise  25-16, 25-20 and 25-22. Bryndy Anderson led the team in kills with seven, and Krebs again orchestrated the offense, as they got the first win of the season. The Knights exceeded the digs total from the TNU game, as they racked up 51-digs. The team totaled 27-kills in the victory, and the Knights had momentum heading into the final match with tournament host Milligan.

The hosts had different plans heading in to the game, and jumped on SVU early, and often leading to a three-game sweep. SVU could muster very little offense, and despite the momentum from the previous win, could not overcome a determined Buffaloes team.

Despite the losses, Krebs was named to the tournament team. The Knights will now turn their attention to the next game, when they host Concord. The game has a 6:00 start in the Knight Arena.