Volleyball Splits First Day At Maroon Classic, But Loses Two On Second

SALEM, Va. The Southern Virginia volleyball team looked to carry momentum from an early week win into the Maroon Classic, but the Knights found mixed results going 1-3 in the tournament. SVU started off the tournament with a match against Maryville College of Tennessee. The Knights had one of their best hitting games of the season, as they recorded 44-kills in the four sets played. Maryville came out on top on the first set, as they recorded a 25-17 win. Shyanne Ison had a strong first set, as she recorded 5-kills to keep the Knights close.

SVU was able to get closer in the second set, but still fell 25-22. The third set was a make-or-break set for the team, and they responded with a 25-22 win behind 10-total kills from Brynn McGinn (6-kills) and Bryndy Anderson (4-kills). The duo accounted for a third of the kills in the set, and SVU looked to have momentum going in to the fourth. Maryville was able to withstand the blow, and came back with a vengeance for a 25-19 win, and the 3-1 match win.

The Knights faced a familiar face in Ferrum in the second match of the tournament. SVU had played the Panthers earlier in the week, and the result was another 3-0 win like the previous match. SVU needed only 15-total kills to dispatch Ferrum, and was led by Tori Tuttle, who recorded 7-kills. Sara Harmon provided strong leadership from the setter position, as she racked up 17-assists to lead the SVU offense. Set scores of 25-11, 25-21 and 25-17 got the Knights back in to the win column and ended the day for the team at 1-1 in the tournament.

Southern Virginia opened the next day of the tournament facing off against the tournament hosts in Roanoke. SVU had faced the Maroons two weeks previous, and had a lopsided loss against Roanoke. SVU looked to make amends for that competition, and pushed the hosts all the way in the first set, losing 25-23. A positive response ensued for the visitors, as Anderson had a solid second set with 5-kills, and guided the Knight to the 25-22 victory. Ali Krebs was having a terrific tournament, recording 33-assists against the Maroons, and registering many more in the other three matches. Despite the strong second set, SVU could not keep the attack flowing, and fell to Roanoke 25-8, and 25-19.

The final match of the tournament pitted SVU against another early season opponent in Averett. The cougars had matched up with SVU at the Washington & Lee tournament in September. The Knights had little going right in the end of the tournament, as Averett was able to sweep the Knights, 25-18, 25-10 and 25-22. Ison led the way for the Knights with 10-kills in the three sets, and for her efforts was named to the Maroon Classic All-Tournament Team.

The 1-3 finish moves the Knights to 8-13 on the season. SVU hits the road again on Oct. 12 when they travel to Athens, W.V. to take part in a tri-match hosted by Concord University, and featuring King College as the third team. SVU faces off against King at 4:00, and then finishes with the hosts at 6:00.