SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse (3-13, 1-6 CC) volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Southern Wesleyan (9-7, 4-2 CC) on Saturday afternoon inside Hannah Gymnasium. After dropping the first two sets by finals of 25-9 and 30-28, the Valkyries came back to take the third set 25-23 before falling in the pivotal fourth set, 25-13.
Kenzie Schmaltz posted her third straight game with double-digit kills, tallying a team-high 15, while Lauren Tharrington and Krislyn Moore added 19 and 14 assists, respectively. Kassie Burkett set a career-high with 22 digs on the afternoon and Sydney Allen posted 17 digs. Paige O'Connor led SWU with 20 kills and Annika Jones came up with 35 assists. Katie Anderson contributed 24 digs.
Set one was all Southern Wesleyan as it scored the first seven points and 13-of-15 to take a commanding 13-2 lead. Converse could not get going on offense in the frame, failing to reach double-digits and falling behind the match 1-0 after dropping the opening set 25-9.
The second set had a very different feel as the Vlakyries were the aggressor early, racing out to a 10-5 advantage. However, the Warriors battled back to knot the contest at 13 each. Converse did not the run phase them as it rebuilt a slim lead at 18-15.
From that point it was a back-and-forth affair as the contest was tied on eight different occasions. With the set knotted at 28-all, SWU collected the final two points and took a 2-0 match lead with a set two win of 30-28.
The Warriors looked poised for the sweep in set three, taking five of the first seven, but the Valkyries did not go quietly, battling back to tie the frame at 17-17. A 7-3 run by the home team put CC up 24-20 late, but three in a row from SWU trimmed the deficit to 24-23. However, a serving error by SWU allowed Converse back in the match with a 25-23 set win.
Unfortunately, set four did not go as planned as Southern Wesleyan ran out to a 15-8 lead. It was an uphill battle from that point forward and Converse could not overcome the early deficit, dropping set four 25-13 and the match, 3-1.
The Valkyries will be back in action on Friday, October 6 as they travel to Limestone College for a 7 p.m. contest.