LYNCHBURG, Va. After going down in the first set, the Southern Virginia volleyball team bounced back for a big second set win, but could not maintain momentum, and lost to Randolph 3-1. Led by 9-kills from Tori Tuttle, SVU was able to rebound from a hard-fought first set. The Wildcats were able to jump out to an early lead in the first set, but the visitors made a quick turn-around, and had the chance for victory before the hosts closed out the first set.
SVU started on fire for the second set, and quickly established and insurmountable lead. The Knights were closing in on the set-point before the Wildcats even had made it to double-digit points. Paige Allred was leading the way in the second, as she recorded three-kills in the second set. A 25-11 set win looked to give the Knights a momentum they would need to finish the match.
Randolph had different ideas, and the Wildcats took the next two sets to get the 3-1 win. Despite the loss, SVU had good performances turned in by Nicole Gwynn and Bryndy Anderson. Gwynn recorded 31-assists, in leading the SVU offense. Anderson had a strong outing on the offensive end, with 8-kills, and 4-block assists on the defensive end.
SVU combined for fourteen team blocks, but had costly errors in the blocking game, and in the receiving game which hurt them in the end. With the loss, SVU moves to 6-9 on the season. The Knights will return to action Sep. 30 when they host Roanoke in Knight Arena. Game time is set for 6:30 pm.