BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team defeated Eastern Mennonite University Thursday night in four sets 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22.
The Knights (12-7) showcased their depth as Taryn Warner, Courtney Singleton, and Kaely Rath were able to hit over .250 on the night. Kanani Lasike and Jilane Pedersen had strong showings for Southern Virginia, both having career-high two blocks. Mykinli Knight had a game-high 18 digs, and LaRee Crockett dished out 54 assists.
In set one, the Knights established dominance by taking point one and never looked back leading the set wire-to-wire. The dynamic duo of Courtney Singleton and Kaely Rath used three kills throughout the set to help lift Southern Virginia to a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Knights demonstrated their defensive prowess in the second set with solid blocking at the net as Jilane Pedersen and Kanani Lasike had back-to-back blocks and deflating the Royals (9-10) hopes of any comeback. Capitalizing on EMU's errors, Southern Virginia pushed the game to a 2-0 lead.
The Royals came alive in set three, coming back from being down by two late in the set. EMU outscored the Knights 10-2 at the end to force a fourth set.
Southern Virginia sealed the game in the fourth set behind a 13 point scoring run to go up by seven behind the arm of Singleton. The Royals attempted their own scoring run but were short of being able to make a comeback. A final error from EMU secured the victory for the Knights.
Southern Virginia will travel to Saint Mary's on Saturday. The Knights will have a doubleheader playing Saint Mary's at 11 am and cross-town rival Washington and Lee at 1 pm.