Written by Chris Pendleton
HARRISONBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team dropped both of its games at the EMU Tri-Match on Saturday closing out its regular season schedule at 16-10.
Despite a disappointing day on Saturday, women's volleyball ends its regular season on a high note after receiving one of only seven at-large bids to the USCAA national tournament on Friday. This year's national tournament is hosted by Spalding University in Louisville Ky., from Nov. 10-12.
Southern Virginia lost its first match of the day at the EMU Tri-Match to host school Eastern Mennonite University 1-3, despite defeating the Royals 3-0 at home just over a week ago.
The Knights lost a close opening game to EMU 23-25, but rallied to take the second game 25-16, however, the Royals responded by winning the next two games 19-25 and 14-25.
In their second match of the day against Marymount University, the Knights won the opening game 25-22, but then dropped three consecutive close-fought games to the Saints (24-26, 18-25, 24-26).
Tua played well again for the Knights recording a match-high 15 kills while Tori Tuttle (Kauai, Hawaii) added 12 kills.
Gwynn also had a match-high 43 assists against Marymount, pushing her assist total for the day to 71, while Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) led Southern Virginia with 17 digs against the Saints.
The Knights will have nearly two weeks off before playing its opening game of the national tournament on Thursday, Nov. 10. Schedules and brackets for the tournament are not yet finalized.