By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Playing in its first ever Capital Athletic Conference match, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team defeated St. Mary's College of Maryland in straight sets, 28-26, 25-13, 27-25 Thursday night at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
The victory lifted the Knights to a 6-5 overall record while the Seahawks fall to 13-3 for the year. With the win in straight sets Southern Virginia is now 6-2 in three-set matches.
"Our girls played disciplined volleyball, so I was really happy with the win," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "Our serves and serve receives were excellent tonight and we played with great ball control so our setter could do her job.
"I was happy that we kept fighting and didn't let errors get to us. I was really pleased with our reserves who stepped in and did a really nice job for us."
The Knights were effective in distributing the ball as Tori Tuttle and Kaitlyn Eaton led the team with nine kills apiece while Shyanne Ison and Shannon Romito contributed eight and seven kills, respectively. Out of 117 attempts, Southern Virginia committed only 24 errors and totaled 43 kills for the night.
Sophomore Katelynn Tlustek earned 36 assists for the night in addition to four kills. The Bedford, Ind., native also had two service aces, six digs and one solo block.
On defense, freshmen April Bennett and McKenzie Weaver achieved 18 and 16 digs, respectively, while Eaton had one solo block. The Knights also had four block assists, with Tuttle providing two on the evening with Weaver and Ison each contributing one.
The Knights return to action Friday evening with a match on the road against CAC foe Wesley. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.