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Volleyball Splits Tri-Match With Lander and Columbia

Volleyball Splits Tri-Match With Lander and Columbia

SPARTANBURG, S.C.- The Converse College (5-18) split a pair of games against Lander (17-4) and Columbia (0-14) during a tri-match inside Hannah Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. The Valkyries were swept by Lander (25-13, 25-18, 25-23) in the opening match, before returning the favor with a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-13, 25-15) in the nightcap.


Set one belonged to the Bearcats as they built a 9-2 lead early. Four straight by the Valkyries narrowed the deficit to 9-6, but a 6-2 spurt from Lander pushed the lead back to seven (15-8). After Converse took five of the next six to pull within three (16-13), Lander collected the next nine points to take set one by the final score of 25-13.

Lauren Tharrington got the Vals off to a hot start in set two, tallying the first three points from the service line, but a 6-3 run by LU knotted the frame at 6-all. From that point the contest became back-and-forth as the two teams traded the next 10 points. However, with the score at 12-11 in favor of the visitors, a massive 8-0 run gave Lander a comfortable lead late. The Valkyries attempted a comeback but fell 25-18.

Trying to force a crucial fourth set, Converse came out firing on all cylinders in set three. A seesaw battle had the two teams deadlocked 22-22 late in the set. However, Lander took three of the next four points to claim the set 25-23 and the match, 3-0.

A trio of Valkyries tallied six kills to lead the team, while Tharrington dished out 17 assists. Elizabeth Yohe was able to control the defense with 11 digs.


Converse was full of energy to start the opening set, racing out to a massive 10-1 lead. A 5-2 burst by Columbia pulled the Koalas to within seven (13-6), but the Valkyries never let up, taking a 1-0 match lead with a set win of 25-15.

Set two was an even affair early as the two teams traded the initial 14 points. However, with the score even at 7-7, Converse put it on cruise control with a big 15-5 advantage over the next 20 points, taking a commanding 2-0 match lead with a 25-13 set two win.

After Columbia took three of the first five points of the third set, Pitts sparked a 13-5 run that put the Valkyries ahead 15-8 midway through the pivotal frame. The Koalas pulled to within five points (19-14), but a cool 6-1 run by Converse ended the threat of a comeback, giving the Purple and Gold the sweep.

Kiara Cannon and Alexis Pitts led the Vals with nine kills each, while Tharrington facilitated the offense once more, dishing out a game-high 20 assists. Tyra Murray anchored the defense with eight digs.

Converse will return to the court on Saturday, October 13, playing host to Limestone in a pivotal Conference Carolinas match. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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