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.
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.