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Volleyball Falls Short During Final Day at Queens

Volleyball Falls Short During Final Day at Queens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Valkyries volleyball team was unable to pick up a win during the second and final day of the Queens Invitational on Saturday, September 7. Converse fell to No. 25 Wingate in a hard-fought affair to open the day before dropping a match against Lander in the finale.

#25 Wingate 3, Converse 1; Lander 3, Converse 0
Records: Wingate (3-0), Lander (4-0), Converse (0-4)
Location: Levine Center, Charlotte, N.C.



  • Junior outside hitter Brittany Tepedino tallied 16 kills and 19 digs in the two games.
  • Freshman Lottie Hutson contributed her best game as a Valkyrie after collecting 25 assists on the afternoon.
  • Elizabeth Yohe anchored the defense once again with 29 digs.
  • Lauren Tharrington put on a clinic at the service line, earning four service aces against Wingate.
  • As a team, Converse totaled 18 blocks in the two matches.

HOW IT HAPPENED – Game One vs. #25 Wingate (16-25, 25-23, 18-25, 21-25)

First Set

Converse came out firing on all cylinders, collecting the first four points and seven of nine to begin the opening set, capped off by a service ace from Kiara Cannon. However, Wingate battled back with an 8-3 spurt to knot the frame at 10-all.

After trading the next four points, Wingate ripped off six straight to take a comfortable 18-12 advantage. The Vals trimmed the deficit to 20-16, but Wingate tallied the final five points to take a 1-0 match lead.

Second Set

Once again Converse was the aggressor to start the second set, controlling the net while jumping out to an 11-6 lead. The Bulldogs fought back to tie the score at 13 and from that point the game became a seesaw battle with five ties and two lead changes.

With the score knotted at 19, an attack error followed by a service ace from Lauren Tharrington pushed the Valkyries ahead by two late in the set. That run continued to 5-2 after a monstrous kill from Cannon. Wingate came to within a single point (24-23), but another attack error allowed Converse to tie the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 set win.

Third Set

Set number three was back-and-forth as the two teams raced out to a tie at 11-11. However, Wingate used three points in a row to seize control of the set. Yohe registered a kill to bring the Vals to within 17-16, but WU finished the frame with an 8-2 burst to take the 2-1 lead in the match.

Fourth Set

With their backs against the wall, Converse came out strong in the fourth set in an attempt to take the match to a decisive fifth. After a Cannon kill to put the Vals up 7-6, Wingate doubled-up the score (14-7) to take a commanding 20-14 lead.

The Valkyries continued to fight, drawing the score to 20-18 following a kill by Lottie Hutson, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs took five of the last seven points to capture the set and match.

HOW IT HAPPENED – Game Two vs. Lander (25-19, 25-18, 25-16)

First Set

Converse took three of the first five points in the opening set, but quickly found itself in a 15-8 hole following a 13-5 run by the Bearcats. Back-to-back kills from Kiara Cannon and Elizabeth Yohe sparked a 9-5 spurt by the Vals, closing the gap to 20-17 late in the contest. However, Lander tallied five of the final seven points to take the set and a 1-0 match lead.

Second Set

Brittany Tepedino started the second set with consecutive kills to give the Valkyries the early advantage. From that point Lander controlled the attack on its way to a 10-5 lead. Converse fell behind by eight (17-9) before Tepedino put on a display at the service line, earning five consecutive points for the Vals.

With the score at 17-14 in favor of the Bearcats, Lander doubled-up the Purple and Gold over the remainder of the frame (8-4) to take a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Third Set

Elizabeth Coffey opened up the third and final set with a kill to give Converse the one point lead, but that would be the lone time the Valkyries were ahead, falling 25-16 in the third set.


The Valkyries will return to the court on September 13-14 as they travel to Florence, S.C. to participate in the Francis Marion Invite. Converse will face Francis Marion at 1 p.m. on Friday before taking on West Alabama at 7 p.m. The Purple and Gold will conclude the event on Saturday after facing Eckerd at 11 a.m. followed by UNC Pembroke at 3 p.m.