HARRISONBURG, Va. With two players in double-digit kills, and the team totaling 42-kills, Southern Virginia's volleyball team won consecutive games for the first time in the 2010 season, beating Eastern Mennonite 3-1. Shyanne Ison and Bryndy Anderson both recorded 10-kills to lead the Knights on the attack, and give them four wins on the season.
The Knights were able to get the first set win early, as they recorded a 25-22 win that gave them momentum for the game. Second sets have been the challenge for the Knights throughout the season, and EMU exploited this for a second set win, 23-25. At 1-1 the visitors needed to regroup to get the win, and overcome some of the errors that have plagued the young team early on this season.
Brynn McGinn (9-kills) and Tori Tuttle (8-kills) were causing the Royals problems, and the team was able to record double-digit kills in each set to keep the hosts at bay. Nicole Gwynn was directing the offense as she assisted on 28-kills with no assist errors to show for the night's work.
Tuttle and Paige Allred thwarted numerous Royal attacks, and were supported by Ali Krebs who led the team with 17-digs. The defensive efforts were paying off, as the Knights came out on top in the third set with a resounding 25-15 defeat. SVU had grabbed the match, and would not relinquish control, as they scored the 25-18 fourth set and match win. The Knights hit .164 in the offensive end, and had no assist errors, going a staggering 35-for-35 in the setup category. Equally impressive was the team defense. Led by Krebs' dig total, SVU totaled 58-digs in the match.
The win pushed the Knights' record to 4-7. SVU will now look to carry the momentum as they head to Lynchburg Va., for a tri-match event with Lynchburg College and Rutgers Camden. SVU plays Rutgers Camden first at 3:00 pm, followed by a 6:00 pm match with the hosts.