Volleyball Defeats Virginia-Wise in Four Games

WISE, Va.­—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team won its first match of the season on Wednesday defeating the University of Virginia at Wise 3-1.

 "It feels good to get our first win of the season on the road," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "I'm encouraged that we didn't give up and found a way to win despite losing the first set."

In front of its home crowd at the David J. Prior Center, Virginia-Wise (1-7) won the first set 25-18 over Southern Virginia (1-4), but the Knights rebounded in set 2 to defeat the Cavaliers 25-14 and knot the match at 1-1.

Although Virginia-Wise made it close, Southern Virginia was able to sweep the final two games by the same score (25-20) to win 3-1 on the night.

Junior Tori Tuttle (Anahola, Haw.) recorded her first double-double of the season with11 kills and 16 total blocks (2 solo, 14 assisted) to solidify the middle of the net. Freshman setter Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.) contributed as well dishing out a season-high 36 assists to her teammates.

Four Knights also recorded double-digit digs in the four sets played as junior Jordan Geist (Jerome, Idaho) and Chelsea Lyons (McCallen, Texas) acquired 11 each with junior Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) and sophomore Morgan Neese (Sanford, Colo.) adding 10 apiece respectively.

Women's volleyball will compete in the EMU Tri-Match−its first tri-match of 2012−on Saturday, Sep. 15, first facing Emory and Henry College at 1 p.m. and then finishing against host-Eastern Mennonite University at 3 p.m.