Volleyball Ends Season With Two Wins at Home Dig Pink Tri-Match

Written by Sean Dahlin

BUENA VISTA, Va.­—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team ended its 2012 season sweeping all six sets at Knight Arena on Saturday against USCAA-opponents West Virginia Institute of Technology (25-19, 25-20, 25-12) and Virginia University of Lynchburg (25-6, 25-9, 25-9).

The Knights debuted specially designed pink pregame warm-up tops in support of Dig Pink, a national volleyball initiative to raise breast cancer awareness.

"I'm really proud of our team for finishing the season strong," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "It's always a good feeling to win our final matches in front of our home crowd."

In the first contest, Southern Virginia (7-14) fell behind WVU-Tech (5-21) early 5-0 before executing seven consecutive points to take and not again relinquish the first-set lead for the 1-0 advantage.

The Knights then completed the sweep over the Golden Bears as junior outside hitter Shyanne Ison (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) collected one of her match-high six kills on game two's match point while sophomore Larissa Conger (Merino, Colo.) and freshman Sydney Goggia (Soldotna, Ala.) each recorded service aces for two of Southern Virginia's final four points to end the third set.

Freshman setter Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.) led the team with 13 dimes in the early match.

In the second match of the day, Southern Virginia (8-14) kept Virginia-Lynchburg (6-9) at bay in the first set behind four of Conger's six total service aces as the Dragons scored just six points to give the Knights a 1-0 early lead.

The final sets of the tri-match belonged to the host as Southern Virginia won with identical scores (25-9) highlighted by senior middle blocker Kelsey Beck's (Idaho Falls, Idaho) eight kills—a team-high between both games.

Freshman Chelsea Lyons (McCallen, Texas) recorded 30 assists, 12 kills and six service aces in her all-around performance on Saturday.

The Knights finished the season with an overall 8-14 record, winning 6 of their last 9 contests including going 5-1 at home with the only loss coming in their first home contest to Averett University (3-2) on Oct. 10.