BUENA VISTA, Va. - Entering the game with a three game win streak, the Southern Virginia University volleyball team was looking to keep the streak but fell in five sets to Emory and Henry. The five set match was the first time this season that the Knights had played all five this season. The uncharted territory came after SVU had thumped the Wasps in the fourth set, 25-11, and looked to have the momentum for the match win. E&H had different plans, and jumped to a quick lead in the fifth set before closing out the match with a 15-7 win.
The Knights found themselves in a hole early, as the Wasps jumped to the quick first set win. A back-and-forth set was closed out by the visitors, and the 0-1 hole called for the Knights to respond. Shyanne Ison led the way for the Knights and registered 11-kills for the hosts. Brynn McGinn came in next with 9-kills, and the duo helped to win the second set at 26-24. The hosts found themselves behind late in the set before storming back for the tied up match.
The third bounced back to the visitors, who won with a 25-22 set win. Ali Krebs, honored before the game as the Knights' lone senior, helped guide the Knights in the fourth set as they jumped to a commanding lead, and never looked back. Krebs' 27-assists led the SVU offense, and the fourth set saw the Knights manhandle the visitors to tie up the match. Tori Tuttle, served well in the fourth to keep the pressure on E&H, and keep the Knights streaking towards the tie.
The fifth proved to be too much for SVU to overcome, and the Wasps closed out the match. Three different Knights helped on the defensive end, as McGinn, Ison and Nicole Gwynn registered 9-digs, while Bryndy Anderson chipped in 3.5-blocks for the night.
The loss drops the Knights to 14-17 on the season. SVU will finish out the season at home when they host a tri-match with Penn St.- Mont Alto and Lynchburg. The first match for the Knights will be at 12:00 in Knight Arena.