By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia women's volleyball team won its home opener with a 3-0 sweep of Eastern Mennonite University, topping the Royals 25-12, 25-22, 25-22.
"It's great to get our first win at home, and get some momentum started for the season," commented third-year head coach Nicole Gwynn. "We learned a lot in our four matches last weekend and made some huge adjustments yesterday in practice."
The adjustments seemed to show as Southern Virginia (3-2) held Eastern Mennonite to just 12 points in the first set and had a kill percentage of .346. The Knights took the second set 25-22.
It looked like a fourth set was inevitable, as EMU held onto a 16-20 lead late in the game. After Gwynn called a timeout, the Knights won the next six points with LaRee Crockett on the service line and took a 22-21 lead. The Royals tacked on another point, but the final three went to Southern Virginia, sealing their 3-0 victory.
Crockett, the Knights' setter, finished with 30 assists and nine digs. Fourteen of her assists went to outside hitter Penny Gwynn, who led all attackers. Hannah Allred finished the match with 11 kills, 11 digs, and a game-high four service aces. Libero Mykynli Knight picked up 14 digs in the win.
Southern Virginia will prep for a four-game weekend at Washington & Lee University. The Knights will face No. 17 Eastern on Friday, Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Lexington, Virginia. They will play again at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.