SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Freshman libero Sydney Allen set a new career-high with 39 digs, one shy of the program record, to help lead the Converse College (4-19) volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Bob Jones (16-13) University on Tuesday evening at inside Hannah Gymnasium. The Valkyries dropped set one by the final of 25-23 before coming back to take three straight (25-13, 25-11, and 25-22).
Ansley Hodge collected eight kills during the contest to lead the Purple and Gold, while teammate Journee English posted seven kills. Krislyn Moore and Lauren Tharrington provided the attackers with great sets, finishing with 15 and 13 assists, respectively. Moore also added 12 digs to notch her first double-double of the season.
The early part of set one was back-and-forth until Bob Jones took a 9-9 contest and turned it into an 18-11 lead following a 9-2 burst. Converse battled back to close the gap to a single point at 24-23, but a kill by the Bruins' Erin Jarvis gave BJU the set and a 1-0 match lead.
Set two saw the initial 10 points exchanged but that led to a massive 13-3 run by the Vals behind a stingy defense and dominant net game., giving CC a double-digit lead (18-8). From that point the margin stayed relatively the same until Converse, with the score 22-12, took three of the next four points to take the set 25-13 and even the match at one game each.
Bob Jones took the first two points of set three, but a ridiculous 20-1 run, fueled by the dynamic serving of Jordan Mrkvicka and Allen. BJU tried its best to make a comeback after taking four straight points to trim the deficit to 24-11, but the final outcome was inevitable as Converse went up 2-1 in the match with a 25-11 set three win.
The fourth set was much more evenly contested and Bob Jones actually held a 13-10 lead midway through. However, Converse used a key 8-2 run to push ahead by three of their own (18-15). The Bruins did not go quietly as they were able to tie the match at 18-all and then at 19, but Deanna Unger showed her masterful serving skills, reeling off four in a row to give the Valkyries a comfortable 23-19 lead deep into the frame. BJU trimmed the deficit to two (24-22), but a service error by Brittany Annand sealed the deal and Converse snapped its 8-game losing skid.
The Purple and Gold will be back in action on Friday, October 27 as they welcome King to Hannah Gymnasium for a Conference Carolinas tilt. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.