Written by Sean Dahlin
ATHENS, W.Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's volleyball team recorded its fifth consecutive loss in a four-set match on Tuesday night at NCAA Division II Concord University (9-25, 22-25, 25-23, 19-25).
"After the first set, we played competitively to put ourselves in a spot to contend for the match," said tenth-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "We did a better job of attacking the net and putting the pressure on Concord, and we'll continually improve with each game of experience we gain."
Concord (8-11) took the first set by a 15-point margin; however, the next two games were decided by a total of 5 points. Both teams split the sets as the Mountain Lions won set two 25-22 and Southern Virginia (2-10) pulled out the third set 25-23.
Despite senior Kelsey Beck's (Idaho Falls, Idaho) team-high 11 kills and .357 kill percentage for the Knights, the Mountain Lions won the fourth set on route to the match victory behind Sarah Jones' play—recording a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs.
Southern Virginia freshman setter Katelynn Tlustek (Bedford, Ind.) finished with her sixth double-double of the season recording 30 assists and 10 digs on the night while junior Jordan Geist (Jerome, Idaho) led the team with 12 digs in the loss.
Watch live video of women's volleyball's first home match of 2012 on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. against Averett University.
After an eight-day layoff, Southern Virginia will face Averett for the second time this season—The Cougars defeated the Knights in Danville, Va., 3-0 on Sept. 19.