BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia (11-7) hosted the University of Mary Washington (9-9) Wednesday night, suffering defeat in four sets 25-19, 20-25, 8-25, 22-25.
Freshman Kylee Christensen had a good night for the Knights hitting a .300 average and recording two service aces. Senior Mykinli Knight had an impressive outing defensively having a game-high 25 digs, which were crucial in keeping the Knights in the game. Kaely Rath and Taryn Warner each recorded three blocks on the night, and junior Elle Warnick led the team with 28 assists.
Set one showcased Southern Virginia coming out strong as Courtney Singleton began with two service aces to immediately put the Knights up 2-0. Southern Virginia used five consecutive points late in the set to go up by seven. A service error secured the set win for the Knights to go up 1-0 in the match.
The script flipped in the second set for Mary Washington. The Eagles outscored the Knights 10-1 at the end of the set and did not look back tying the match up at one apiece.
Mary Washington again outscored Southern Virginia late in the set to cement a dominant victory in the third set to go ahead 2-1 in the match.
Although coming alive in the fourth set, Southern Virginia was unable to make a comeback. Kylee Christensen recorded crucial kills at the net to keep hopes alive along with service aces from Christensen and Emma Steiger. Mary Washington responded capitalizing on a final service error to secure the conference match victory.
Southern Virginia will look to bounce back Thursday night as they take on Eastern Mennonite at 7 pm in Knight Arena.