By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Hoping to continue its three-game Capital Athletic Conference win streak, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team was defeated at home by No. 24 Christopher Newport University Tuesday night at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
With the 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 loss, the Knights fall to 9-6 on the year while the Captains improve to 12-11.
"We fought hard tonight, but Christopher Newport showed why they are a well-rounded team and have some of the best athletes in Division III," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "I was encouraged that we played them as tough as we did because it shows we can play with the top teams in this league. Although each set was close, they took advantage of our mistakes and we couldn't quite recover."
Senior Tori Tuttle led Southern Virginia with 10 kills on the night while Shyanne Ison and Shannon Romito each provided seven. Despite the loss, the Knights earned 37 kills to the Captains' 30 but suffered 23 errors out of 112 attack attempts to hinder their scoring opportunities.
The Knights' Katelynn Tlustek, named the CAC Volleyball Player of the Week for her performances last week, led the Knights with 30 assists to go along with a service ace and six digs. Tuttle, Melynda Boren and April Bennett each provided one service ace apiece, while Bennett guided the team's defensive efforts with 15 digs.
Christopher Newport's Briana Sutton achieved 11 kills for the night on 24 attempts while Maddie McCann provided five for the Captains. CNU was effective in limiting Southern Virginia's scoring opportunities by tallying 11 team blocks to the Knights' three.
Stepping out of conference for a few games, the Knights return to action Thursday night at Knight Sports Arena with a 7 p.m. match against Randolph and a Friday evening tilt with Averett at 6 p.m.