SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Valkyries volleyball team fell 3-0 to visiting North Greenville on Friday afternoon at Hannah Gymnasium. Converse drops to 3-12 overall and 1-5 within the league, while the Crusaders improved to 8-6 overall and 4-2 in conference after set wins of 25-14, 25-13, and 25-23.
Kenzie Schmaltz continued her impressive run with a game-high 12 kills, but the next closest person was Kiara Cannon with five. Jordan Mrkvicka tallied a team-high 15 assists and Sydney Allen produced 20 digs. Journee English added nine digs in the effort.
Converse ran out to a quick 4-1 lead in set one, but NGU battled back to take its first lead following a 6-2 burst. The frame remained relatively close with the Crusaders leading by a single point (13-12). However, a massive 10-0 run put the set out of reach and North Greenville went on to a 1-0 match lead after a 25-14 first set win.
Set two was all Crusaders as NGU took a 2-2 tie and turned it into a 10-2 lead. The Valkyries refused to quit, trimming the deficit to 12-8, but North Greenville used a 12-4 run to take control of the set and took a commanding 2-0 match lead with a 25-13 frame win.
With their collective backs against the wall in set three, the Valkyries came out with new energy, matching point-for-point with the Crusaders. With the contest tied at 17-all, Converse used a 5-2 run to come within three points of forcing a fourth set. Unfortunately, NGU finished the set on a crucial 6-1 run to earn the match victory with a final set score of 25-23.
Annie Beisecker and Samantha Hebb led the Crusaders with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, while Sara Miller tossed out a game-high 34 assists. On the defensive end, Taylor Waters added 22 digs.
Converse will make the quick turnaround as it plays host to Southern Wesleyan University tomorrow afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. in the Weisiger Center.