Pioneers deal Cavaliers 17th consecutive loss

Kevin Mays • Oct 22, 2019 at 10:08 PM

WISE — Tusculum used big runs to totally dominate Virginia-Wise on the volleyball court Tuesday.

The Pioneers (10-9, 8-6) controlled the front line with 45 kills and 11 blocks in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-8 South Atlantic Conference win at the Prior Convocation Center.

UVa-Wise (1-17, 0-14) managed only 19 kills and no blocks.

“I don’t think we did a great job tonight of communicating on our block,” said Cavaliers coach Kristen Salyer. “They were left basically by themselves a lot.

“We had a lot of people with nobody in front of them or a single block in front of them. That’s something that we’ve got to work on. We’ve got to make sure that we’re putting a double block up against the other team’s offense when they’re being dominant like they were tonight and I don’t think they did that.”


Tusculum was never really challenged by the outmanned Cavs in any set.

The Pioneers led 7-5 in the first set before breaking away with a clinching, 18-12 run.

In the second, UVa-Wise took a 14-12 lead, but the Pioneers rode a 13-5 outburst to a 2-0 lead in sets.

The third set was not close, Tusculum cruising to a 17-4 lead before finishing off the Cavs.


The loss was the 17th straight for the Cavaliers, including 14 in a row in the SAC.

The frustration is becoming more evident on the floor with each mounting loss.

“We show up every day to try to eliminate some of the frustrations that we have on the floor,” Salyer said. “And I think we do a pretty good of letting it go. But I think when your confidence is down and you continue to get yourselves back in the same position, it’s kind of hard to pull that through the entire set.”


Gabby Gray led Tusculum’s attack with 12 kills, also recording 10 digs.

Taylor Blythe added 10 kills for the Pioneers, Elise Carmichael had 17 assists and Carly Sosnowski finished with 22 digs.

UVa-Wise got six kills and 14 digs from Abingdon native Matelyn Gibson and Morgan Milligan finished with nine kills.


Both teams are back in action Friday when UVa-Wise travels to Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum goes to Mars Hill.