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Valkyries Pick Up First Conference Win With Sweep of Erskine

Valkyries Pick Up First Conference Win With Sweep of Erskine

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse College (2-11, 1-4 CC) volleyball team snapped its losing streak with a commanding 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-19) sweep of visiting Erskine College (1-9, 0-3 CC) on Friday evening inside the Weisiger Center. The Valkyries used key runs in each set to take home the victory, earning their first conference win of the season.  

Middle hitter Kenzie Schmaltz led all players with seven kills on the afternoon to go along with her team-high nine digs. Lauren Tharrington and Krislyn Moore provided Schmaltz and Kiara Cannon (five kills) with precision sets, dishing out 11 and seven assists, respectively. Sydney Allen was able to dig nine balls on the defensive end. Converse totaled 12 service aces with three each coming from a trio of Valkyries.

After trading the initial 14 points of the first set, Converse quickly found itself down 11-7 after a mini 4-0 run by the Fleet. However, Kaylee Owens and Moore showed masterful work at the service line, fueling a crucial 8-1 run to put the Purple and Gold in front 15-12 halfway through the frame.

The set was back-and-forth from that point as Erskine battled back to knot the contest on three different occasions, the last coming at 19-all, but the Vals would not be denied, finishing the set on a 6-2 spurt, taking a 1-0 match lead.

An emphatic kill by Journee English early in set two put Converse ahead 9-6, but the Flying Fleet went on a 12-4 march, taking their biggest advantage of the evening, 18-13. Down 19-14, CC ripped off nine of 10 points to control the set 23-20, including an improbable kill from Schmaltz as she fell to her backside from the back row. A monstrous kill from Cannon followed by a service ace by English gave the Valkyries a commanding two sets to none advantage.

Frame three was a seesaw affair as both teams tried to keep pace with each other. Converse took an early 8-5 lead, but three straight by EC knotted the set at 8-all. With the score tied at 12, the Valkyries used three unforced errors by the Flying Fleet to push ahead 15-12. Erskine trimmed the lead to 17-15, but back-to-back kills from Schmaltz and Owens reestablished a comfortable lead for the Vals (19-15).

From that point it was all academic as Converse shut the door on any Erskine attempt to steal a set, finishing on 6-4 run, capped off by a block assist from Schmaltz and Cannon.

The Valkyries will be back in action on Tuesday, September 26 as they travel to Greenville, S.C. to take on Bob Jones University in a non-conference tilt. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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