Volleyball Claims Win on Road in Final Regular Season Match

By Lancaster Brown

FROSTBURG, Md.—Southern Virginia women's volleyball ended its regular season on a positive note by beating Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University, 3-1, Tuesday evening in Frostburg, Md.

The match started with a close first set that the Bobcats won, 26-24, but was the only set Frostburg State would claim as the Knights (15-9) swept the three ensuing sets, 25-12, 25-16, 25-20, for the 3-1 victory.  

"After getting off to a slow start and adjusting to the environment, I was pleased that we fought back and didn't give in to the pressure," said Southern Virginia head coach Paige Hiatt. "We could have been frustrated and given up, but the girls knew they could do better and they actually coached themselves for most of the game, going back to the basics and playing fundamental volleyball. We won by playing with great ball control and they had a hard time stopping us once we settled down."

Sophomore setter Katelynn Tlustek orchestrated the Knights' offensive attack as she tallied 25 assists on the night. Freshman McKenzie Weaver and junior Kaitlyn Eaton proved to be her favorite targets, earning 12 and 11 kills, respectively.

Defensively, Southern Virginia held Frostburg to a .100 kill percentage. Freshman April Bennett led the Knights with 28 digs, while Tlustek and Weaver each had 13 with Claire Houghtaling providing 11.