SALEM, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team traveled to Roanoke College Friday night for a non-conference matchup, losing 3-1.
In the first set, the Knights (10-5, 1-1) did not lead once. The Maroons (12-6, 5-2) attacks with a mixture of Southern Virginia mishaps seemed to have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the first set, with the Knights losing the set, 25-17.
The following set was based on several key runs by both teams. The Knights started set two with their first lead in the game, with its biggest lead at 11-7. The Maroons quickly responded scoring six straight points, bringing the game to 13-11. The set continued to go back and forth until late in the set when Roanoke was able to pull away taking the set, 26-24.
The Knights found itself down 2-0 heading into the third and possibly final set but did not surrender. The Marrons quickly took the lead looking for the sweep up 10-4, when the Knights scored on eight of the next ten points to tie the third set at 12-12. The Maroons went on one more run earning a 21-19 run but the Knights were resilient, winning the set six of the last eight points of the set 25-23.
The Maroons outlasted the Knights 27-25 in the fourth set in a thriller, with the Southern Virginia battling back from down five to tying the game up at 25 all. The Maroons quickly earned two consecutive kills to end the game.
Southern Virginia will make the quick trek home to host a conference game Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1:00 p.m. against Penn State-Harrisburg in the Knight Arena.