By Sam Armstrong
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team competed this past weekend at the Washington & Lee Invitational, playing four games in the tournament, earning wins over Meredith and Maryville (Tenn.).
The Knights' (5-4) first game on Friday came against 17th-ranked Eastern University (6-2), which topped the Knights 3-0. After a close first set, 25-22, the Eagles were able to take the next two sets handily, with scores of 25-19 and 25-17. While the two teams' attacking and blocking statistics were nearly identical, the Eagles were able to take control in the service game landing twelve aces, while the Knights had ten service errors.
Southern Virginia turned it around in the second game on Saturday, beating Meredith College (1-5) 3-2. After losing the first set, the Knights won the next two, before falling in game four and dominating the final and deciding set 15-8. The Knights outmatched the Avenging Angels on the attack, recording 60 kills to the Angels' 46. Seniors Penny Gwynn and Hannah Allred had strong showings, recording 41 kills between them, while setter LaRee Crockett had 49 assists.
On Saturday, The Knights opened with a match against host Washington & Lee (6-1), losing in straight sets. Down 24-18 in the second set, Southern Virginia managed to put together an impressive comeback, scoring five straight points to cut the lead to one before the Generals took the set. The Knights were unable to avoid attacking errors in the match, recording 17 to the Generals' ten.
Southern Virginia finished the tournament firing on all cylinders with a 3-1 win against Maryville College (2-4). With the exception of a 25-22 loss in the third set, the Knights outscored the Fighting Scots by at least five points every set, and ended the match with 62 kills to the Fighting Scots' 32.
Outside hitter Penny Gwynn was named to the W&L Invitational All-Tournament Team, leading the Knights with 59 kills for the tournament while adding 45 digs. Hannah Allred was right behind Gwynn, totaling 55 kills and 42 digs. Sophomore LaRee Crockett had an impressive 155 assists in the tournament, while libero Mykynli Knight led the team with 60 digs.
Southern Virginia takes the court again on Saturday as they travel to Staunton, Va. to take on Mary Baldwin College. The match is slated for 7:00 p.m.