Volleyball Sweeps Three-Game Road Trip with Two Wins Saturday

By Daniel Whitehead

YORK, Pa.—Competing in four matches in three days, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team completed a three-game road swing with two victories Saturday over Dickinson College and host York College of Pennsylvania at the Charles Wolf Gym in York, Pa.

With the 3-1 win over York (Pa.) in their first game Saturday (25-27,25-7, 25-17, 25-18), the Knights (9-5) won their third straight Capital Athletic Conference match to improve to 3-0 in conference and won their fourth consecutive match with a 3-0 win over Dickinson (25-19, 25-23, 25-17). Of Southern Virginia's nine wins, eight have come in straight sets.

"I am impressed that we've been able to play so well the last few days despite the preparation for all these games on top of the travel time," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "We've been playing disciplined volleyball this week and our serve receives have been excellent to help us set up our offense.

"Although the girls are exhausted and played with pure adrenaline today, I'm happy with how hard they are competing and how much they trust each other."

Against York (Pa.), senior Tori Tuttle led the team in kills with 10 while sophomore Melynda Boren contributed seven. Shannon Romito earned six kills with Kaitlyn Eaton (5) and Katelynn Tlustek (4) also helping the cause. Although York achieved 37 kills to the Knights' 34, Southern Virginia committed only six errors out of 106 attempts while the Spartans had 19 errors out of 122 attempts.

Tlustek led the Knights with 24 assists against York and earned six service aces for the game while freshman April Bennett earned another four. Bennett led the Knights' defensive efforts with 19 digs, while Tuttle achieved three solo blocks and Eaton tallying two block assists.

The Spartans' Ijeoma Igwe led York (Pa.) with 13 kills during the game while Katie Huston had eight kills.

Versus Dickinson in the ensuing game, senior Shyanne Ison guided the team with 10 kills with Eaton contributing nine and Romito and Tuttle providing six each. Tlustek controlled the offense with 22 assists during the game, while Boren tallied four service aces.

Defensively, Bennett once again led the Knights with 16 digs while Romito earned two solo blocks.

Dickinson's Laura Silverman had 10 kills during the game while Lauren Ahern achieved nine.

The Knights return to action Tuesday night at Knight Sports Arena with a 5 p.m. match against CAC opponent and No. 24-ranked Christopher Newport.