BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Salisbury University volleyball team outlasted Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon, 3-1 (17-25, 26-24, 26-24, 27-25), winning the last three sets by a combined six points for its 22nd win of the season.
The Sea Gulls dropped the first set, after SVU went on a 9-0 run, with the score tied 12-12, to take a 21-12 lead. The Gulls didn't recover and the Knights took a 1-0 lead.
After another close start to the second set, Southern Virginia took another lead, 19-14, after two Sea Gull attack errors and three-straight kills late in the game.
From there, Salisbury was sparked by a kill from senior Jess Tallant and rode a 12-5 run to tie the match, 1-1.
Stouffer paced SU (22-4) with 15 kills in the match, while junior Julie Poston finished in double digits with 12, as well.
Salisbury trailed early in the third set, 4-3, but a kill by junior Kirby Buttry put the Gulls on a 6-3 run to take 10-7 lead; Stouffer tallied four kills in the run, while junior Nikki Binetti added another.
The set remained close for its entirety. Southern Virginia led, 24-23, before kills from Binetti and Stouffer sandwiched a Knight attack error, allowing SU to take a 2-1 lead in the set; it marked the second-consecutive set that Stouffer ended the set with the winning kill.
Two kills from Stouffer, along with kills from Binetti and senior Tam Weems, gave the Sea Gulls a 10-6 lead to start the final set.
The Knights eventually tied the set, 12-12, and kept it close until the teams were tied, 25-25.
With the scored tied and needing two points to take the victory, Smith tallied her final kill, before the match closed with a service ace by the Sea Gulls.
The Sea Gulls will return home on Tuesday, October 22, to host Goucher College at Maggs Physical Activities Center at 7 p.m.