Marlins Rebound with Four Set Victory over SVU

Maddy McMurry (L) and Doneisha Hall (R)
Maddy McMurry (L) and Doneisha Hall (R)

Marlins Rebound with Four Set Victory over SVU

BUENA VISTA, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College volleyball team rebounded for a 25-21, 25-27, 25-14, 25-20 victory over Southern Virginia University Friday night in non-conference action.

The Marlins have now won 13 of their previous 14 matches after dropping a three set decision to Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday night. The win Friday was head coach Andrea Hoover's 199th victory of her career.

VWC fell behind 6-2 in the first set, but tied it up at eight due to some untimely errors from the Knights, a pair of Tiffany Barrett kills and another coming from Kristina Scott.

The first set went back and forth, with ties up until the 15-15 mark, but two SVU errors and a kill by Rosalind Ludovici put the Marlins ahead for good.

Virginia Wesleyan led 24-22 in the second set, but the Knights scored on five of the next six points to even the match. The Marlins would respond in the third, going up 6-0 on kills by Barrett and Dare Wright. That run took SVU out of the set as Virginia Wesleyan cruised to the 25-14 win.

Southern Virginia led 6-4 in the final set, its only lead of the game, but five straight errors gave the Marlins the edge for good.

Barrett led the Marlins with 17 kills on a .311 hitting percentage to go along with 16 digs. Emilee Pierson contributed 20 assists as Marin Crowder added 20 digs.

Hannah Phillips had 12 kills for Southern Virginia (5-19) while Valerie Baety posted 31 assists and Ofa Moa-Sam fong added 29 digs.

Virginia Wesleyan (22-7), ranked sixth in this week's NCAA Division III regional standings, will face another regionally ranked team as the University of Mary Washington (17-6) comes to Virginia Beach on Tuesday at 6 p.m.