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Men's volleyball falls in CVC semifinals in close battle with Southern Virginia

Men's volleyball falls in CVC semifinals in close battle with Southern Virginia

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Friday night in the Continental Volleyball Conference tournament semifinals in a 3-2 loss to Southern Virginia University.

The teams traded wins over the first-four sets, with the fourth-seeded Saints taking the first, 25-19. Kills from seniors Eric Wiles and James Knight grabbed a quick lead, but both teams battled through the opening moments.

With a 12-11 edge, junior Sam Safley and Knight put down kills, before a block by Wiles and freshman Jason Perkins, bumped the Saints' advantage to 16-12. Perkins and Safley added kills to increase the lead to 19-13, and the Saints held from there for the 1-0 lead.

Two kills from Safley led a 6-3 run to start the second set, but the No. 1-seeded Knights fought back for a 9-8 lead.

The set remained close, but Southern Virginia pulled out the 25-22 victory to tie the match.

Staying true to form, the third game saw the teams in a back-and-forth struggle, but back-to-back kills from Safley gave the Saints a 15-13 edge, which they would hold from there.

Three-straight kills from Wiles, Safley, and Knight, followed by a Wiles' ace pushed the advantage to 22-17, as the Saints held on for a 25-20 win.

The Knights held a 14-10 led in the fourth set, but senior Remington Shahan, Safley, and Knight reeled off another stretch of three kills to lead the Saints back to tie the score, 14-14.

However, Southern Virginia jumped back out in front, 18-15, and led from there to force the fifth set.

The Knights opened the fifth on an 11-4 run, holding control the whole way for a 15-8 win to take the match.

Safley led the team with 17 kills in the match, while Knight (12) and Wiles (11) also hit double-figures. Knight led with 11 digs for the double-double, while junior Joseph Zanelotti totaled 44 assists.

Wiles was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts in the Saints' two matches, finishing with a total of 16 kills, five aces, and 10 digs in the tournament.