Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team snapped its six-game losing streak on Friday in earning its first home win of the season 3-1 (25-13, 25-20, 24-26, 25-18) at Knight Arena against USA South Athletic Conference-member Ferrum College.
"We carried the good play and momentum from Wednesday and played as a cohesive unit in all facets tonight to get the win," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "Our middle blockers were able to create some points, which opened up opportunities for the rest of our team."
After playing in a tough five-set loss to Averett on Wednesday, Southern Virginia (3-11) carried over its momentum to record a season-high .295 kill percentage highlighted by middle blockers Kelsey Beck (Idaho Falls, Idaho) and Tori Tuttle's (Anahola, Haw.) match-high 14 and 10 kills respectively to defeat Ferrum (3-16).
In front of a ruckus home crowd, Southern Virginia took a commanding 2-0 lead early in the match with freshman Shannon Romito (Walker, La.) finishing a first set 25-13 victory on a match-point service ace with Southern Virginia overcoming an early 7-2 deficit to Ferrum before pulling out a 25-20 win in set two.
The Panthers extended the match as they scored the final two points on kills by Rachel Stratton and Jordan Link to win the third set by a narrow 26-24 margin.
Southern Virginia sealed its first home match triumph with Beck contributing three of her 14 total kills in the fourth frame on route to a 25-18 advantage over Ferrum.
Freshman Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.) ran the Knights offense with a match-high 36 assists. On the defensive end, junior Jordan Geist (Jerome, Idaho) recorded a team-high seven digs—Geist leads the team with 126 digs on the season—while junior Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah), Chelsea Lyons (McCallen, Texas) and Tlustek added five digs apiece.
In the service game, Lyons and Tuttle spiked three service aces each.
Watch live video as women's volleyball plays its second match in as many days, travelling to face Lynchburg College—the Hornets defeated the Knights 3-0 on Sept. 7 during the W&L Tournament—on Saturday at 2 p.m.