BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Marymount University men's volleyball team pushed No. 10 Southern Virginia University to prove its national ranking on Tuesday night, taking the Knights to extra points in two sets, but the Saints came up short in a 3-0 decision to drop their first Continental Volleyball Conference match of the season.
Marymount (6-7, 4-1 CVC) opened up the match in a strong manner, posting a better hitting percentage than the Knights (11-1, 6-0 CVC) in set one. The Saints led several times through the opening game, and had it tight come the close. Trailing 25-24 with set point on the line for the Knights, sophomore Evan Flesher laid down a kill and it was followed by a bad set attempt by SVU to flip the set point in favor of Marymount, 26-25.
However, the Knights answered with the next three points to take the first game, 28-26.
The second set had the Saints ahead in the early parts before SVU rallied back to take a lead midway through that would hold to a 25-20 finish for a 2-0 lead in the match. The Knights hit .435 in the set, while the Saints only landed seven kills for a .133 hitting percentage.
Marymount battled back with a strong performance in the third game, sending the set into extra points again with three set point opportunities. Two of those opportunities were set up by a kill by senior James Knight and a service ace by freshman Miles Olson. Unfortunately, the game swayed in favor of the Knights in the end with two kills and a block to take the 29-27 decision.
Senior Remington Shahan and Knight led the offense with nine kills each, while Shahan posted a .800 kill percentage and Knight registered a .353. Knight also added five block assists, as the team totaled 10 for the match.
The Saints return home for another CVC matchup tomorrow night in the Converse Family Fieldhouse against Eastern Mennonite University. First serve is set for 7 p.m.