VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. â€" The Converse College volleyball team dropped a pair of matchups on Sunday afternoon, concluding the Elizabeth City State Tournament. The Valkyries fell in straight sets to Alaska-Fairbanks (15-25, 21-25, 17-25) and Kutztown (22-25, 23-25, 17-25), dropping their season record to 1-3.
GAME ONE: Converse 0, Alaska-Fairbanks 3
A-F jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead early in set one and continue to build its lead to the tune of 22-10 late in the opening frame. Converse ran off four of six points, but the deficit proved to be insurmountable as the Nanooks closed the set 25-15.
After Alaska-Fairbanks ran out to a 6-3 lead in set two, Converse battled back to knot the contest at 10-all. However, A-F took control of the set once again with a mini 11-5 spurt, giving it a solid 21-15 lead. The Valkyries closed the gap to 22-20, but the Nanooks earned three of four points to take a commanding 2-0 match lead.
Converse was the aggressor early in set three, jumping out to a 4-3 lead, but a 9-1 explosion by A-F placed the momentum back into the visitorsâ€™ court. The Valkyries showed fight but could not overcome the gap, eventually falling 25-17 in set three and 3-0 in the match.
GAME TWO: Converse 0, Kutztown 3
Schmaltz once again led the Valkyries on the offensive end, smashing nine kills to go along with six digs. Mrkvicka was a catalyst for the offense with 12 assists and Allen dug 18 balls. Kiara Cannon and Kaylee Owens had good games on the attack, finishing with six and five kills, respectively. Owens also finished with three service aces.
Kutztown was fast out of the gate in set one, posting a quick 10-3 advantage. That lead would remain intact all the way to 17-10, until Converse reeled off a massive 8-1 run to deadlock the frame at 18-all. From that point the set was tied three more times, but KU, with the score knotted at 21, used a 4-1 run to close the set and take a 1-0 match lead.
Set two mirrored the first with Kutztown racing out to a comfortable 17-8 lead. Converse refused to quit and cut the deficit to a single point (24-23), but a kill by the Golden Bears put them ahead 2-0 in the match.
The third frame was nip-and-tuck in the beginning, but Kutztown took an 11-8 deficit and turned it into 20-15 lead. The Golden Bears ripped off five of the next seven points to close out the set, 25-17, and the match, 3-0.
Converse will be back in action on Tuesday, September 5, traveling to Pembroke, N.C. to participate in the UNCP Invitational. The Valkyries will play the Braves at 3 p.m. before finishing day one with Shaw at 5 p.m.