By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—In the second match of a three-game homestand, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team defeated Randolph College 25-16, 25-20, 25-23 Thursday evening at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
The victory improves the Knights' record to 10-6 for the season while the Wildcats fall to 8-8 on the year.
"I was happy with the win because we had switched some things up for this match and the girls played their new roles very well," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "It was also great to have all the girls get in and earn some great experience. They play positively with any role they're asked to take and they're working hard together, so it's nice to have the matches end in victory."
Freshman McKenzie Weaver guided the Knight offense with 13 kills on the evening and committed only three errors on 22 attempts. The Saratoga Springs, Utah native also had one assist, two service aces and seven digs on the defensive end to help Southern Virginia to victory.
Tori Tuttle contributed 12 kills for the Knights while Kaitlyn Eaton and Katelynn Tlustek provided five and four kills, respectively. Tlustek led the attack with 35 assists to her credit while contributing three aces and seven digs.
The Knights achieved 45 kills to the Wildcats' 23 and had 106 attempts to Randolph's 86 to control the offensive flow of the game. Southern Virginia totaled nine aces and six block assists to earn the win.
Randolph's Jordan Templin led the Wildcats with 10 kills and one ace, while Noelle Wojciechowski had five kills and one ace for the night.
Southern Virginia returns to action Friday evening at Knight Sports Arena with a 6 p.m. match against Averett for a second straight non-conference battle.