Volleyball Win Streak Snapped at Roanoke in Four Sets

By Daniel Whitehead

SALEM, Va.—After winning four consecutive matches over the past two weeks, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team had its streak snapped by Roanoke College by a 3-1 score Friday night at Bast Gymnasium in Salem, Va.

The Maroons (12-6) defeated the Knights (5-5) in four sets, 12-25, 28-30, 25-19, 12-25.

"Roanoke came out and played with more energy than we did and earned their points too easily," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "We broke down at key points and their rallies were too much to overcome. We're battling a few injuries, but we could have played better regardless against a really good team."

After falling in the first set, Southern Virginia nearly took the second set but came up a little short as Roanoke prevailed, 30-28. During the set, the Knights achieved a game-high 12 kills but also committed 11 errors out of 42 attempts. The Knights rebounded in the third set to earn the set victory by a 25-19 tally by recording nine kills and only two errors in 29 attack attempts.

Senior Tori Tuttle led the team with eight kills on the night with freshman McKenzie Weaver recording seven. Junior Kaitlyn Eaton and senior Shyanne Ison each had five kills to aid the Knights' attack efforts. Sophomore Katelynn Tlustek achieved 24 assists during the game and contributed two service aces, while freshman April Bennett tallied three aces.

On the defensive end, Bennett earned 18 digs while Ison and Weaver had 12 and 13, respectively. Eaton led the team with four solo blocks and two block assists to negate Maroon attacks.

The Knights return to action next Thursday with a. match at home versus St. Mary's (Md.) to open league play in the Capital Athletic Conference. The match will begin at 7 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena.