By Wesley Evans
BUENA VISTA, Va. —The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team honored seniors Tori Tuttle and Shyanne Ison on Wednesday's Senior Night at Knight Sports Arena while winning its home match 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 28-26) against Capital Athletic Conference foe Marymount University.
After losing the first game, Southern Virginia (12-8) roared back and took control of the next two sets. Tuttle finished game two with a kill off an assist from sophomore setter Katelyn Tlustek and Marymount (17-10) ended the next game with an attack error as the Knights took control, 2-1.
"Even after we got down after the first set, our girls never let down," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "We were able to serve tougher and pass better so our offense could take care of the ball. I thought we showed improvement as we won a close game! The girls never doubted and played with great confidence.
"Tori and Shyanne have been great senior leaders for this team and it was great to win for them tonight."
Game four featured a back-and-forth battle between the teams. Southern Virginia opened up with a 10-8 lead before the Saints knotted the score at 11 apiece. From then on both teams traded point for point before freshman defensive specialist April Bennett sealed the victory with a service ace.
Junior Kaitlyn Eaton led the way for the Knights with 18 total kills and a .469 kill percentage. Tlustek and Bennett played well for Southern Virginia recording 47 assists and 25 digs, respectively.
The Knights next compete at Randolph for a non-conference matchup Friday night at 7 p.m. before hosting the Southern Virginia Tri-Match Saturday afternoon. Southern Virginia plays Penn State Harrisburg at noon Saturday and against Roanoke College at 4 p.m. later in the day.