Knights Win at Home in Conference Opener Against Salisbury

Knights Win at Home in Conference Opener Against Salisbury

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team won their second straight game at home Saturday night in a hard-fought four-set match, beating conference-foe Salisbury University 3-1.

Set one was a game of runs, each team scoring several points before flipping to be on the defense. In the middle of the set, Southern Virginia (7-3, 1-0 CAC) went on a run, scoring 12 of the next 15 points, but the Sea Gulls marched right back to get within one point of the lead before the Knights were able to close out the first set 25-22.

In set two, momentum found its way onto the Knights' side, dominating the set both offensively and defensively. Southern Virginia was able to build a quick lead and did not look back taking the set 25-16.

The Sea Gulls would not go down without a fight and put together a well-played third set, stealing the set 25-21.

In set four the teams combined for 64 points. The largest lead throughout the set was two points. The Knights found themselves down 31-30 with the Sea Gulls serving when Hailey Lohnes tied the set at 31-31 on a pass from LaRee Crockett, registering the kill.

The Knights had a complete performance, but quite possibly the games unsung hero, Kanani Lasike, found herself serving at the most critical stage of the game. Lasike went on to ace her first serve placing the Knights up one and then served the ball in play for her teammate Lohnes to place the final blow to take the game.

Lohnes led the team with 19 kills, four service aces and also adding 17 digs for her night. Senior Allison Tiegs was vital throughout the game where she was also able to produce 15 kills, five digs, and 7 total blocks. Mykynli Knight played exceptional at the libero slot collecting 19 digs, two service aces, and two assists. Crockett recorded a season-high 50 assists with 7 digs and two kills.

In addition to Lasike, Lindsay Hyer gathered eight total blocks throughout the matchup. The young core of Julia Hopkin, Ella Burrows, and Sarah Smedley each produced in various ways on the court as well.

"That was a fun game, I am proud of our effort," said Head Coach Debby Baker. "Everyone contributed on the floor. We love playing here at home, we have a crowd that brings a fun atmosphere to our games. We were able to be tested and have some trials throughout the game, but we managed to pull through and compete. Tonight was a great team win."

The Knights play Virginia Wesleyan next Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m.