October 4, 2013

Volleyball Earns Seventh Victory in Straight Sets

By Daniel Whitehead

DOVER, Del.—After achieving its first Capital Athletic Conference victory Thursday night over St. Mary's (Md.), the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team attained its first CAC road victory Friday night by defeating Wesley College in straight sets, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 at Wentworth Gymnasium in Dover, Del.

With the win, the Knights improve to 7-5 on the year while the Wolverines fall to 15-5 as Southern Virginia snapped an eight-game winning streak for Wesley. All seven wins for the Knights have come in straight sets this season.

"The girls played really well tonight and we beat another very good team," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "Our attacks were awesome and our serve receives were phenomenal. I'm happy with our defensive effort – we played aggressively and we just kept putting down any rallies they tried. It was a great team victory."

Junior Kaitlyn Eaton paved the way for the Knights with 12 kills for the night and just one error on 19 attempts. Defensively, the Syracuse, Utah native had one dig and two block assists to help the team to the win.

Seniors Tori Tuttle and Shyanne Ison each had five kills for the nights, while sophomores Shannon Romito and Katelynn Tlustek contributed four apiece. Overall, the Knights logged 35 kills on 77 attempts with only nine errors.  Tlustek led the way in assists with 29 for the night, while Ison and Tuttle earned two service aces apiece to contribute to the Knight attack.

Freshman defensive specialist April Bennett achieved 15 digs on the evening, while Ison and Tuttle also assisted the defensive efforts with two block assists each.

The Knights return to action Saturday afternoon at the York College Tri-Match where they will face CAC opponent York (Pa.) at 1 p.m. and Dickinson at 3 p.m.