SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse College volleyball team completed the series sweep of Chowan University with an all-around dominant performance on Friday evening inside Hannah Gymnasium. Not only did the Valkyries earn two wins over the Hawks, Converse also took all six sets on the season.
SCORE: Chowan 0, Converse 3 (26-24, 25-16, 25-15)
RECORDS: Chowan (3-11, 1-7 CC), Converse (7-15, 4-4 CC)
LOCATION: Hannah Gymnasium, Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Chowan raced out an early 4-1 lead, but Converse came storming back to knot the opening set at 6-all following a kill by Pitts. After the two teams traded the next eight points, Converse collected back-to-back kills from Elizabeth Coffey and Jasmine Finkley to take the slim 12-10 lead.
However, the Hawks capitalized on Converse miscues, taking a 19-16 lead late in the frame. Chowan looked poised to take the first set after going up 24-22, but a service error ignited a 4-0 run by the Vals to end the set and give CC the 1-0 match lead.
The early part of set two was fairly competitive as neither team could build much of a lead. However, with the score at 12-11 in favor of the Purple and Gold, Converse ripped off four of five points, earning an 18-12 advantage late.
Chowan tallied three in a row to close the gap to three (18-15), but that was as close as the set would get as Converse, behind the spectacular serving of Sara Grace Westmoreland, took a commanding 2-0 match lead after taking the frame 25-16.
An attack error by Converse allowed the Hawks to knot the score at 10-all in the pivotal third set, but a kill by Lottie Hutson followed by consecutive kills from Pitts helped the Vals establish a 13-10 lead.
Hannah Sladick collected a kill to trim the deficit to 13-11, but Converse took complete control with five straight points and seven of eight. Chowan was able to pull to within 20-14, but the attack game of the Valkyries coupled with Westmoreland's mastery at the service line propelled Converse to the 25-15 set win and 3-0 match win.
The Valkyries will make the quick turnaround, playing host to Barton College tomorrow afternoon at 2p.m. Converse defeated the Bulldogs in a dramatic five-set thriller just two weeks ago.