DANVILLE, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team began their 2019 season today at the 25th Annual Cougar Classic hosted by Averett University splitting the day with a 3-1 loss to William Peace and a 3-0 sweep of Roanoke.
In game one against William Peace, the Pacers (1-0) broke away from the Knights (0-1) midway through the first set with an 18-12 lead after scoring six consecutive points. Southern Virginia responded with a run of their own to eventually tying the set at 22. The Knights scored the next two points to claim a 24-22 lead, but the Pacers came back to knot the game up at 25 before pulling away with the 27-25 win.
Set two belonged to the Knights as they dominated the set with a 25-16 victory with a game-high .324 hitting percentage.
In the third set, Southern Virginia continued with the momentum gained from the second set taking an early 13-8 lead. The Pacers trailed most of the set until they managed to tie the Knights at 22. William Peace then closed out the Knights with a 25-23 win.
The fourth set was the final set as the Knights struggled to find a rhythm falling 25-13.
Freshman Kylee Christenson led the team with 13 kills while collecting 15 digs. LaRee Crockett tallied a game-high 37 assists and teammate Mykynli Knight also posting a game-high 29 digs. Ryan Dubinsky added a team-high three blocks.
In the second game of the day, the Knights (1-1) bounced back with a first set 25-21 win. In set number two, Southern Virginia took an early 4-1 lead before the Maroons (0-2) fought back to tie the match up at 11-11. The next point sparked the Knights to jump out to a five-point lead never relinquishing the lead for a 25-20 victory.
Southern Virginia's biggest win came in the third set with the Knights completing their sweep of the Maroons with a 25-13 win.
Kaely Rath was a staple in the Knights' offense with 14 kills. Crockett recorded a game-high 28 assists while Knight, Emma Steiger, and Christenson each reached double-figures in digs with 13, 11 and ten respectively.
Southern Virginia continues the second day of the 25th Annual Cougar Classic tomorrow beginning at 12 p.m. against Bob Jones University followed by the tournament host Averett at 2 p.m.