October 26, 2013

Volleyball Claims Two Victories in Tri-Match

By Daniel Whitehead

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Hosting the SVU Tri-Match, the Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team earned two victories on the day over Penn State Harrisburg and Roanoke College Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.

The Knights swept the Nittany Lions in the first match, 25-21, 25-5, 25-10 before taking the Roanoke Maroons to five sets and earning the win 25-23, 20-25, 30-28, 26-28, 15-12. With the win over the Maroons, Southern Virginia avenged a prior 3-1 loss to Roanoke back on Sept.27. Earning the two victories for the day, Southern Virginia improves to 14-9 on the season.

"We played very well today," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "Our serve receive and ball control on defense were great, which set up our offense consistently. When we did let the other teams get a run of points, we never let up and we fought back. It was a great day overall."

Against Penn State Harrisburg, senior Tori Tuttle led the team with 10 kills followed by Kaitlyn Eaton's seven. Katelynn Tlustek, Melynda Boren and Shannon Romito each contributed four kills during the match. Tlustek assisted 33 kills to go along with five service aces to guide the Knights' offense. Freshman April Bennett earned 10 digs defensively while Eaton achieved three blocks (one solo, two assisted).

The Nittany Lions were led by Kiara Carter, Chidere Igwe and Olivia Umoren, who each contributed four kills.

In the five-set battle with Roanoke College, Eaton poured in a season-high 23 kills with Shyanne Ison also tallying a season-high of 15 kills. Tuttle earned 12 during the match, while freshman McKenzie Weaver registered 10. Tlustek earned a season-high 64 assists during the game to go with four service aces.

Defensively, Bennett had 33 digs while Ison and Weaver earned respective dig amounts of 24 and 22. Tuttle achieved a season-high block assists total with five during the game.

The Knights close the 2013 regular season with a match Tuesday night at Frostburg State. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Frostburg, Md.