Southern Virginia Splits at Home Tri-Match

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team recorded a split during Saturday's home tri-match falling 2-3 to Peace College before defeating Hollins University 3-1.

Southern Virginia vs. Peace

After dropping a close-fought Game 1 to Peace 22-25, Southern Virginia responded with an emphatic 25-11 win in their second game with the Pacers. 

Peace answered back with a lopsided victory in Game 3, downing the Knights 25-12 and Southern Virginia forced a deciding fifth game with a five-point victory in Game 4.

Trailing 8-14 in Game 5, Southern Virginia rallied behind solid serving from junior setter Nicole Gwynn (Hamilton, Mont.) scoring five consecutive points to pull within one of the Pacers, before Gwynn ended the game with an error on her sixth strait serve.

Senior Brynn McGinn (Bedford, Ind.) led the Knights against Peace with 13 kills to go along with 15 digs. Freshman outside hitter Camille Tua (Lehi, Utah) added 11 kills in the loss. 

Gwynn dished out a match-high 38 assists, while sophomore libero Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) led all players with 18 digs.

Southern Virginia vs. Hollins

The opening three games between Southern Virginia and Hollins were all decided by three points or less with the Knights taking the first two (25-22, 26-24) and Hollins winning the third (23-25).

Southern Virginia pulled away during Game 4 with a 10-point win sealing the victory over Hollins as the Knights moved to 7-2 in their last nine matches.

Tua continued her strong play Saturday against Hollins recording a match-high 15 kills to lead the Knights on the day with 26 total kills. McGinn and freshman outside hitter Larissa Conger (Merno, Colo.) each added 10 kills in the victory, while McGinn had a match-high 23 digs.

Sophomore setter Sara Harmon (Buean Vista, Va.) led all players with 21 assists.

Women's volleyball has a week off before closing out its regular season schedule next Saturday at the EMU Tri-Match. The Knights will take on host school Eastern Mennonite University at 1 p.m. followed by a match with Marymount University at 3 p.m.