Southern Virginia Tops Roanoke in Four Sets

Southern Virginia Tops Roanoke in Four Sets

ROANOKE, Va. — Competing in their fourth game in five days, Southern Virginia (6-3) took on Roanoke College (5-4) Tuesday night, defeating the Maroons in four sets — 25-20, 18-25, 25-16, 27-25. 

Juniors Taryn Warner and Ryan Dubinsky shined in Tuesday night's game as Taryn Warner recorded a .421 hitting average and Ryan Dubinsky continued her strong season hitting .294. 

"That was a fun match," said head coach Debby Baker. "We were able to get our middles going this game, which was a lot of fun to see. Roanoke is a tough team to play at home, so that was a good win for us."

Southern Virginia found themselves down 2-0 to start the first set, but a pair of Maroon attacking errors and blocks by Kaely Rath and Lindsay Wiedrich eventually put the Knights up by one. The score went back-and-forth until the Knights pulled ahead by a score of 21-15 and eventually took the set, 25-20. 

The dominant performance came to a halt in the second set as the Knights had their worst hitting average of the night and were outhit by the Maroons .306 to .171. The Knights started the set down 1-9, but rallied back and even took the lead 14-13. The Maroons, however, did not let up and used two scoring runs to take the set win and even the match 1-1. 

Southern Virginia collected themselves in the third set, taking a commanding 17-10 lead and never looked back. The Knights strolled to a 25-16 set win and a 2-1 lead in the match. 

Roanoke College would not go away easily and gave Southern Virginia their toughest set in the fourth. The Knights had a 24-19 lead before the Maroons scored five consecutive points to even the score at 24. It was back and forth until freshman Kylee Christensen, and junior Taryn Warner collected two kills for Southern Virginia to secure the win 3-1. 

"We could have folded at the end," said Baker, "but we did not and fought hard to get the win."

Junior Kaely Rath had game-highs with 15 kills and four blocks on the night. Senior Mykynli Knight had a game-high 22 digs followed by freshman Kylee Christensen with 15 digs. Elle Warnick recorded a game-high 39 assists.

Southern Virginia travels again on Saturday, Sept. 14 to face Randolph College at 1 p.m.