Volleyball Rallies Back to Defeat Concord in Five Games

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team rallied back from an early deficit Tuesday night to defeat the NCAA Division II Concord University Lions 3-2 in front of a ruckus home crowd.

After dropping the opening set to Concord 25-18 and falling behind 20-10 in Game 2, Southern Virginia scored 16 of the next 20 points earning a 26-24 win to even the match at one game apiece.

The Knights also won a close third game 27-25, but could not close out the match in the fourth game falling to the Lions 30-28.

Concord carried its momentum from Game 4 into the deciding fifth game and jumped out to a 6-2 lead over the Knights. Following a timeout called by first-year head coach Michelle Mahaffey, Southern Virginia went on a 13-4 run taking the final set from Concord 15-10.

Tuesday's contest between Southern Virginia and Concord was so evenly played, that both teams finished with 114 total points for the match.

Senior outside hitter Brynn McGinn (Bedford, Ind.) was stellar in front of the home crowd recording match-high numbers for kills (17), digs (28), service aces (3) and points (20.0).

Junior setter Nicole Gwynn also had one of her best matches of the season tallying a match-high 48 assists to go along with 20 digs and three service aces.

Following Tuesday's emotional win, the Knights (9-4) have one day off before traveling to Emory & Henry College on Thursday, Sept. 29 to face the Hornets (8-5) at 6 p.m.

Watch a replay of the Knights' win over Concord at Southern Virginia Unviersity's athletic webcast portal.