September 28, 2012

Volleyball Drops Close Battle at Roanoke

Written by Sean Dahlin

ROANOKE, Va.­—Despite reaching 20 or more points in each set, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team dropped its second-straight match 3-1 on Friday to Old Dominion Athletic Conference-member Roanoke College.

"We didn't do enough to win, but had a lot of positives come out of tonight," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "The right results will come the more we clean up our errors and miscues."

The first set was a back-and-forth battle that Southern Virginia (2-7) was able to finish off Roanoke (10-8) by a 27-25 final, including scoring the final three points to take the 1-0 lead early.

It was all Roanoke until the end, however, finding a way to sweep the last three sets for the victory. The Maroons bounced back after losing the first game to lead the majority of the second and third games and win 25-21 and 25-20 respectively.

Southern Virginia would not go away without a fight, giving Roanoke all it could handle with eight lead changes in the final set of the night. In the end, the home team rallied back after being down 22-23 to score the final three points and take the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.

Sophomore Larissa Conger (Merino, Colo.) had a solid performance on the night recording a team-high 16 digs and an additional 9 kills while freshman setter Katelynn Tlustek earned her third double-double in the last four matches recording 41 assists and 12 digs in the loss.

Tori Tuttle (Anahola, Haw.) contributed a match-high 14 kills for the Knights.

Women's volleyball wastes no time turning around tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 29, to compete in the Hollins Tri-Match, facing host Hollins University at noon followed by Methodist University directly after at 2 p.m.