September 8, 2013

Volleyball Opens 2013 Season with Win over Meredith

By Daniel Whitehead

LEXINGTON, Va.—The 2013 season got off to a strong start for the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team as the Knights defeated Meredith College in straight sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-16 Friday night at Doremus Gym as part of the Washington & Lee Invitational.

"I'm happy we started the year with a win and see our hard work pay off during the past few weeks," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "l learned a lot from the team today now that I've seen them in competition as opposed to playing against each other. I thought our four returning players showed good leadership skills and were really encouraging the rest of the team."

Southern Virginia (1-0) came out strong in the first set by topping Meredith (3-2) in kills by a 10 to eight ratio with only three errors in 20 total attacks. For the game, the Knights held the advantage in kills with 33 to the Avenging Angels' 26 and had just 12 errors in 81 total attempts (.259).

Katelyn Tlustek was credited with all 26 assists in the game, and altogether the Knights achieved seven service aces with four coming from April Bennett. Southern Virginia also held the advantage in receiving errors with three to Meredith's seven.

Kaitlynn Eaton earned seven block assists while Tori Tuttle was credited with four. As a team, the Knights had 12.5 team blocks to Meredith's five.