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Converse Volleyball Comes Away 1-1 in Tri-Match

Converse Volleyball Comes Away 1-1 in Tri-Match

BELMONT, N.C. - The Converse College Volleyball team (6-22) competed in a tri-match against Belmont Abbey (16-9) and Piedmont International (15-6) on Saturday afternoon. 

Converse first faced Belmont Abbey in a conference matchup and took the opening set with ease. The Valkyries raced ahead of the Crusaders early in the match taking a 7-5 lead. Belmont Abbey came within one point of the Vals, but five straight points from the Purple and Gold set them ahead 16-10. Belmont Abbey retaliated with a four-point spurt, but it was not enough to overcome the Valkyries. A final kill by Sydney Allen secured the 25-22 win for Converse. 

The second set of the match belonged to the Crusaders. Abbey ran away with the game early-on thanks to four- and five-point bursts giving them a 13-4 lead. The Valkyries powered back into the match and came within one point of the Crusaders, 16-15, but it ultimately was not enough. Belmont Abbey recorded the victory and tied up the match 1-1. 

The majority of points in the crucial third set were evenly exchanged. But a few 3-point runs was just enough for the Crusaders to take the third set 25-22. 

In the fourth and final set, Belmont raced ahead to lead 10-4. Their lead quickly increased 18-9 leaving the Valkyries in a difficult spot. With a Converse victory looking unlikely, the Purple and Gold pushed back and came within 3 points of the Crusaders at 23-20. Despite their best efforts, Belmont Abbey was victorious in the fourth set winning 25-20 and taking the match. 

Converse was led by Morgan Pearson with 9 kills and Sydney Allen with 17 digs. 

Looking to post a win on the day, the Valkyries faced Piedmont International in their second and final game in a five-set thriller. 

Kills by Morgan Pearson and Kaylee Owens set the pace for the first set and put the Valkyries up 4-1. A 3-point run from Piedmont kept them in the game but the Purple and Gold raced forward taking a 15-10 lead. The rest of the set belonged to Converse who took the first set 25-23 off of another kill by Morgan Pearson. 

Looking to extend their lead in the second set, the Vals took complete control after an incredible 7-point burst to race ahead 12-5. The Bruins answered with five straight points to reel the game back in 17-15, still behind. Converse continued to fight eventually the securing the second set 25-20 to go two-up in the match. 

Although the Valkyries looked to put away the Bruins in the pivotal third set, Piedmont jumped ahead early taking a 9-4 lead. The Valkyries played from behind the remainder of the set coming within one point of the Bruins near the conclusion of the game. A critical service error by Piedmont tied the score 24-24, but the Bruins eventually came away with the 26-24 win to force a fourth set. 

Piedmont continued their momentum in the following frame jumping ahead 8-5. But the Vals tied the scoring back up 12-12 after a five-point run. Much of the set was evenly exchanged and scoring tied again at 24-24. But the Bruins took the fourth set 27-25 meaning another narrow loss for the Purple and Gold. 

The Bruins looked good in the fifth and final set racing out to a 7-4 advantage. But a kill by Elizabeth Yohe and an attack error by Piedmont tied the score at 9-9. A final kill by Alexis Pitts put the Valkyries on top securing the set 15-13 and the game 3-2. 

Alexis Pitts led Converse with a career-high 20 kills, while Elizabeth Yohe recorded 19 digs. Lauren Tharrington recorded 48 assists, the most of her sophomore campaign. 

Converse Volleyball will be back on the court as they travel to Emmanuel for a conference match on Friday, October 26. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.





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