Marlins Claim Road Victory at Southern Virginia

Amber Matalus
Amber Matalus

Marlins Claim Road Victory at Southern Virginia

BUENA VISTA, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team returned to its winning ways on Tuesday, claiming a four-set victory over Southern Virginia University, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20.

The two squads were evenly matched throughout the match as neither team was able to win a set by more than six points. The first set, which VWU won 25-19, led just 20-17 before pulling away late.

After leading late in the first set, the Marlins found themselves in a similar spot in the second, looking to put away a win while serving for set point up 24-20. Southern Virginia battled off three set points to cut the lead to 24-23. An SVU service error put the Marlins up two games to none, looking to close out the match.

Trailing 22-21 in the third, Dare Wright put away a kill off an Emilee Pierson assist to even the score, but two attack errors and a kill by Allison Tiegs swung the victory in favor of the Knights.

The fourth set was all Virginia Wesleyan as SVU's lone lead was at 1-0. The Marlins answered with an 11-4 run to go up by six. Four different Marlins registered a kill in the spurt as Elizabeth Britton and Amber Matalus contributed blocks.

Southern Virginia tried to answer after trailing 14-6, cutting the lead to just two points, but the Marlins quickly built the lead back out to 19-14 as an Amber Matalus kill capped off the scoring run.

The Marlins needed to fight off another late Knight rally with a slim 22-20 lead, and the guests were able to do just that for the victory. An SVU service error made it 23-20 before a block assist from Dare Wright and Kristina Scott brought up match point. A kill by Meghan Wood finished off the Knights.

Penny Gwynn finished with 21 kills for Southern Virginia (17-5) while Hannah Allred added 20. LaRee Crockett contributed 46 assists and 14 digs. The Knights committed 19 service errors, a big reason for Tuesday's loss.

Doneisha Hall had 12 kills for the Marlins as Pierson added 21 assists to go with 17 digs from Matalus.

Virginia Wesleyan (14-8/6-2) hosts Emory & Henry College (5-19/2-6) Friday for a 6 p.m. Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contest.