Hornets Outlast Knights

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Playing in its third consecutive five-game match within the span of four days—the Knights defeated Concord University at home on Tuesday, but fell at Emory & Henry College last night—the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team ran out of gas late against Lynchburg College dropping a close-fought home match to the NCAA Division III Hornets 3-2. 

After losing the opening game to Lynchburg (11-2), Southern Virginia (9-6) rebounded in Game 2 defeating the Hornets by 16 points (25-9). The Knights carried their momentum into the third game, winning 25-19, but Lynchburg mirrored that score in Game 4 to force a deciding fifth game.

After Southern Virginia went up 6-3 in Game 5, Lynchburg rallied back with a 13-8 run, finishing off the Knights 16-14.

Sophomore middle blocker Tori Tuttle (Kauai, Hawaii) led the Knights on the evening with 14 kills, while recording an impressive .500 kill percentage.

Junior Nicole Gwynn (Hamilton, Mont.) was Southern Virginia's top setter with 36 assists and sophomore Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) finished with a team-high 18 digs. 

Following an 8-2 start to the season, Southern Virginia has lost 4-of-5 since last Saturday's tri-match at Lynchburg College. After playing 15 games during the past 28 days, the Knights are more than halfway through their regular-season schedule with only eleven games left to play in October. 

With a four-day break ahead, Southern Virginia will look to regroup before hosting Meredith College on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.