NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Southern Virginia women's volleyball team fell to Christopher Newport University in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) semifinal in three sets on Thursday night by the score of 12-25, 22-25, 23-25.
McKaye Cunningham led the Knights (16-13) offensively with a .429 hitting average with seven kills off of 14 total attempts with one error. Senior LaRee Crockett dished out a game-high 16 assists while senior Mykynli Knight anchored the defense with 19 digs. Taryn Warner demonstrated complete dominance at the net with seven blocks on the night.
The first set showcased the Captains (25-8) executing their gameplan almost flawlessly, outhitting the Knights .333 to .071. Southern Virginia did everything they could but would come up short and find themselves down 1-0 in the match early.
The Knights came alive in the second set, holding back CNU much better than the first set. Drama was also the story of the second set with ten ties and ten lead changes throughout the set. Lindsay Wiedrich had three kills along with Ryan Dubinsky's two to keep the score tied late in the set. CNU would utilize three final points to bring their lead in the match to 2-0.
Set three of the match featured the Knight's establishing an early 4-0 lead off of kills from McKaye Cunningham, and Kaely Rath. Southern Virginia produced its best offense of the night hitting .200 to remain close to the Captains. The Knights scored three points to come within a point of the Captains, but CNU used one final block to secure their win and advance to the CAC Championship.
Cunningham and Warner each received recognition as they were selected to the CAC All-Tournament team.
Southern Virginia ended its season with a final record of 16-13. The Knights also end their season with LaRee Crockett, Mykynli Knight, and Kaely Rath being named to the CAC All-Conference Volleyball team.