Written by Sean Dahlin
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team dropped both matches in the Saturday tri-match to North Carolina Wesleyan College (6-25, 17-25, 28-26, 13-25) and host-Greensboro College (19-25, 15-25, 25-20, 23-25).
"It was disappointing to lose both matches today," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "Although we didn't win today, we played competitively against two solid opponents throughout most of the sets."
The first match for Southern Virginia (5-13) in the Greensboro Tri-Match found North Carolina Wesleyan (17-7) taking the early lead dominating the first set 25-6 and winning the second set 25-17.
The Knights bounced back to take a tight 28-26 third set as junior Tori Tuttle (Anahola, Haw.) scored two of the team's final four points on kills—she recorded a team-high 12 kills—before the Battling Bishops finished the match 3-1 with a 25-13 victory.
North Carolina Wesleyan was led by Anna Hart and Meredith Smith spiking 22 and 18 kills respectively. Southern Virginia's freshman Chelsea Lyons (McCallen, Texas) had 15 assists and five kills while junior Jordan Geist (Jerome, Idaho) and fellow-freshman Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.) added 15 and 14 digs in the loss.
Just like the first match, host Greensboro College (13-12)—the Knights' fourth straight USA South Athletic Conference opponent—won the first two sets before Southern Virginia (5-14) cut into the deficit 2-1 with a 25-20 third set win.
The Knights kept the fourth set close in hopes of playing one last game, but the Pride's Liz Widenhouse made one of her match-high 19 kills to win 25-23 for the match's final point.
Greensboro held a .129-.114 kill percentage advantage in the game including registering 16 service aces compared to Southern Virginia's 8 total.
Tuttle and senior middle blocker Kelsey Beck (Idaho Falls, Idaho) had 9 and 8 kills with Geist again recording a team-high 13 digs in the loss.
Women's volleyball will return home to Knight Arena in hopes of earning its second win of the season against Eastern Mennonite University—the Knights defeated the Royals 3-2 on Sept. 15—for Southern Virginia's Senior Night on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.