LEXINGTON, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team was dealt their first loss of the season at the Washington and Lee Invitational in five sets by Lewis & Clark College.
In the first set the Pioneers built an early lead as high as nine points at 15-6. The Knights fought back scoring five consecutive points. Later in the set, Lewis & Clark was up 17-11 when the Knights scored seven points to obtain their first lead of the set 18-17. Southern Virginia was able to outlast the Pioneers with a set one win 27-25.
The Knights started off the second set right where they left off, taking a 5-0 lead. Southern Virginia survived several comeback attempts from the Pioneers and were able hold them off for the set two win 20-25.
In the third set, Lewis & Clark gained the momentum of the match with a dominant showing beating Southern Virginia 25-15 with a well-rounded attack and capitalizing on Knights mistakes.
The Pioneers quickly built a 10-1 lead in the fourth set creating a large enough deficit that the Knights were unable to recover losing set four 25-19.
In set five tied at 2-2, the Knights again found themselves down 11-2. The Knights attempted a short run scoring four consecutive points but the result was not enough losing the deciding game 15-7.
The Knights had a balanced performance with three hitters reaching double figures in kills Hailey Lohnes (12), Allison Tiegs (11) and Kaely Rath (11). Lindsay Hyer led the team in total blocks with three while LaRee Crockett earned 37 assists and Mykynli Knight with 23 digs.
"We played a good team. They hit the ball hard and were the biggest and most physical team we have played thus far," said Head Coach Debby Baker. "Our energy level went in spurts, we needed those spurts to be longer. I expect us to learn a lesson from this loss, and we will progress and move forward."
The Knights continue tournament play with two games tomorrow where they will face DeSales at 3:00 p.m. followed by Washington and Lee at 5:30 p.m.