By Daniel Whitehead
LEXINGTON, Va.—In its second game of the evening, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team was defeated in four sets by No.5 Christopher Newport University to conclude the first day of competition Friday night at the Washington & Lee Invitational in Lexington, Va.
The Captains (4-2) defeated the Knights (1-1) in respective sets 25-18, 25-13, 19-25, 26-24 after falling to No. 14 Otterbein earlier in the afternoon. Totaling 38 kills during the game, the Knights were led by junior Kaitlyn Eaton, who tallied 10 kills with only five errors on 30 attempts. Freshman McKenzie Weaver and senior Tori Tuttle each garnered eight kills on the night while senior Shyanne Ison had four.
Southern Virginia sophomore Katelynn Tlustek was credited with 35 of the team's 38 assists while also providing two service aces. Freshman April Bennett led the Knights with three service aces and registered a team-best 23 digs in the game.
Shannon Romito and Eaton each registered two solo blocks throughout the game. The Captains had eight team blocks to the Knights' four.
For the Captains, Abby McIntyre led the way with 15 kills in the game with Maddie McCann and Chance Rye picking up seven apiece. CNU held a slight advantage in attack opportunities with 144 attempts to the Knights' 135.
Southern Virginia continues the Washington & Lee Invitational on Saturday morning with games scheduled with host W&L at 10:30 a.m. and No. 14 Otterbein at 12:30 p.m.