By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team has won 13 straight games, and is 8-0 at home after shutting out Penn St.-Harrisburg and Bridgewater in Saturday's tri-match.
In the first set of the day, the Knights (17-4, 5-0 CAC) were able to knock off the Lions 25-16, 25-21, and 25-23 while averaging 12 kills/set with a .208 kill percentage.
Southern Virginia never trailed in game one and led by as many as 11 points. The Lions were able to sneak in a few points to take the lead early in the second set, and late in the third set but the Knights answered back in each instance.
Senior Penny Gwynn had her eighth straight game with double-digit kills, picking up 13 in the win. Senior Hannah Allred notched nine kills and four service aces while sophomore LaRee Crockett dished 28 assists and sophomore Mykynli Knight had 16 digs.
In the second match of the day, Bridgewater topped Penn St.-Harrisburg 3-0.
The Eagles (17-5) began the third match with a running start, scoring five of the first six points over the Knights, but behind service from Claire Houghtaling and Penny Gwynn, the Knights took a 9-6 lead that would hold throughout the set which ended 25-15.
In game two the Eagles forced extra points and even were favored with set point after a late run, but kills from Gwynn and Allred turned the tables and the Knights won set two after a Lohnes-Allred block for a 27-25 win.
A similar ending took place in set three when Southern Virginia was given a run for its money after a 22-14 lead which turned into 23-17 and 23-20 after an Eagle run. Despite the pressure, the Knights closed out the set and the match, 25-20.
Gwynn led all players with 15 kills and seven digs, followed by Allred who contributed 10 kills and seven digs. Crockett recorded 29 assists and Lohnes finished with three blocks.
Southern Virginia will defend their home court against Virginia Wesleyan on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.