MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Sophomore middle blocker Alexis Pitts turned in a career-performance (17 kills), but it was not enough as the Converse volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Mount Olive on Saturday afternoon inside Kornegay Arena. After taking the first set 25-20, the Valkyries dropped the next three in order by scores of 19-25, 22-25, and 18-25.
Converse came out in set one with a plan and executed it to the tune of a 5-2 lead early. However, a 6-1 burst by UMO left the Trojans ahead 8-6. From that point the frame was nip-and-tuck as neither team went ahead by more than a couple points. That all changed with the score tied at 16-all. Schmaltz blasted a kill and followed that up with a service ace to fuel a 4-0 run, giving the Valkyries a 20-16 lead late in the opening set.
Mount Olive cut it to three on a few different occasions, but Converse refused to give the set away. Kaylee Owens added a service ace as the Vals took set one 25-20.
The Valkyries pushed ahead 8-5 in set two, but Mount Olive tied the frame at 10-10 following a 5-2 exchange. That run extended to 12-3 and the Trojans sat comfortably ahead 17-11. However, CC showed resiliency and battled back to knot the set at 18-18 after an unforced error by the Trojans. With the score dead even at 19, UMO took six straight points to take the set 25-19 and tie the match at 1-1.
Mount Olive was the aggressor in set three, racing out to a 12-6 lead. That lead ballooned to 23-16 before a 6-0 run by Converse trimmed the deficit to a single point (23-22). Unfortunately, Mount Olive took the next two points, denying the comeback attempt, to take a 2-1 match lead.
After trading the first 20 points of set three, UMO took control of the frame and eventually captured the match win with a 25-18 set three victory.
Converse will return to action on Tuesday, September 19 as it welcomes Emmanuel to the Weisiger Center for the first home match of the year. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.