BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Marymount men's volleyball team committed 24 service errors and had a season-low 13 digs as the fifth-ranked Saints were swept on the road at Southern Virginia in a CVC contest Friday night at Knight Sports Arena, 25-23, 29-27, 25-18.
Marymount (11-4, 3-1 CVC) lost for just the fifth time in its last 30 conference matches and is 16-2 over the last two seasons. The Saints have now lost both meetings against the CVC newest team by a margin of 3-0. Southern Virginia won last year's match-up, 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.
Senior TJ Wiechecki totaled 13 kills, five digs and a .241 hitting percentage while sophomore Sam Safley had 12 kills, three digs and a .364 hitting percentage. However, the two combined for nine service errors.
Marymount's six starters combined for 17 of the team's 24 service errors. Sophomore Joseph Zanelotti had five service errors as well while junior Eric Wiles, who hit just .118 with six kills and four attack errors, also had four.
The Knights (6-4, 2-2 CVC) had 32 kills and a .393 hitting percentage after totaling just 10 attack errors. They also added nine total blocks.
Playing in just his seventh career match and making his fourth start, freshman Evan Flesher had a career-high six kills while not committing an error in six attempts. He has totaled 18 kills and a .371 hitting percentage in 16 sets this season.
Things do not get much easier for the Saints on Saturday as they head to Harrisonburg, Virginia for a CVC contest with Eastern Mennonite beginning at 11 a.m. The Royals are currently receiving votes in the latest AVCA Division III Coaches Poll. After that, Marymount will face No. 4 UC Santa Cruz at 1 p.m.