Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team honored middle blocker Kelsey Beck—its lone senior—on Wednesday's Senior Night at Knight Arena while winning its third straight home match 3-1 (25-12, 17-25, 25-12, 25-17) against Eastern Mennonite University.
"It's always great to play in front of our home crowd on Senior Night," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "We played as a cohesive unit tonight and really wanted to win the game for Kelsey [Beck]."
Southern Virginia (6-14) trailed once early on in the first set before taking control the rest of the way and finishing the game with a kill by junior Larissa Conger (Merino, Colo.) for the 25-12 victory.
Eastern Mennonite (4-18) bounced back in the second set after the loss to even the series 1-1 with a lead as large as nine points over the Knights before winning the battle 25-17.
The final two sets belonged to Southern Virginia defeating Eastern Mennonite 25-12 and 25-17 respectively for their second win against the Royals this season—the Knights won in a five-set match at the EMU Tri-Match on Sept. 15—in front of a ruckus home crowd highlighted by junior Tori Tuttle's (Anahola, Haw.) match-high 14 kills.
The freshman tandem, Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.) and Chelsea Lyons (McCallen, Texas),—who was named USCAA Setter of the Week—contributed with team-highs in assists (45) and digs (20) respectively. Junior outside hitter Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) added 11 kills.
Beck (Idaho Falls, Idaho)—who finished the match with 12 kills—was honored before the game for her contributions as a four-year starter and to the women's volleyball program. Beck also participated on two squads (2009, 2011) that finished in third place at the USCAA Women's Volleyball National Tournament.
Women's volleyball now prepares for its final matches of 2012 as Southern Virginia is hosting a "Dig Pink" tri-match on Saturday, Oct. 27, for breast cancer awareness against USCAA-opponents West Virginia University Institute of Technology at 12 p.m. and Virginia University of Lynchburg at 4 p.m.
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