Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team won its second consecutive home match at Knight Arena—defeating Ferrum College 3-1 on Oct. 12—on Tuesday as the Knights swept Mary Baldwin College 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-8).
"We made some great passes which put our front line players in favorable situations to score points," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "Everybody on the team played a part in tonight's victory."
Southern Virginia (4-12) took a commanding 2-0 lead over Mary Baldwin (0-20) as freshman Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.)—who finished with 19 assists and 11 digs—set up fellow-freshman Chelsea Lyons (McCallen, Texas) for set-ending kills in the first and second stanzas.
The Knights recorded five service aces to take the third set (25-8) on route to finishing the match sweep in front of a ruckus home crowd. Southern Virginia held an 11-2 advantage over the Fighting Squirrels in service aces including Shannon Romito (Walker, Lou.) and Tlustek each recording four in the match.
"Our service game was another strength we utilized throughout the match," said Harmon.
Southern Virginia finished with a season-high .328 kill percentage on Tuesday night highlighted by Lyons' match-high nine kills and additional 11 assists followed by five kills from sophomore Larissa Conger (Merino, Colo.).
Junior defensive specialist Callie Woolston (Bountiful, Utah) contributed in the win with seven digs while also recording two service aces of her own.
Women's volleyball travels to Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, Oct. 19, to face USA South Athletic Conference-affiliate Meredith College at 7 p.m.