Written by Sean Dahlin
LEXINGTON, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team opened its season on Friday with two losses at the Washington and Lee Invitational.
In their first game of the season, the Knights (0-1) faced a Johns Hopkins University team (5-0) that returns 14 players from last season's squad that won the Centennial Conference and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its program's 28-year history.
Southern Virginia dropped its first match of the day to the Blue Jays 0-3, losing the first set 14-25 while closing the gap in the second and thirds sets but still coming up short to Johns Hopkins 19-25 in both sets.
Junior Tori Tuttle (Anahola, Haw.) led the Knights with 8 kills in the loss while first-year player Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.) had a team-high 24 assists and fellow-freshman Chelsea Lyons (McCallen, Texas) added 14 digs.
With both teams looking for their first win of the day in game two, Lynchburg College (5-1) came out on top of Southern Virginia (0-2), defeating the Knights in three straight sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-21).
Tlustek recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 10 digs against the Hornets while junior Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) and Tuttle led the team with 5 kills apiece.
Southern Virginia resumes play tomorrow in search of its first victory of the season facing tournament host Washington and Lee University at 10:30 am and finishing the invitational against the Knights' fourth straight NCAA Division III-opponent Marietta College.