Central, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan fell in a 3-0 final to the Converse Valkyries on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors collected 23 kills in the loss to the Valkyries. Olivia Johnson had 10 kills to lead the team. Kali Letcher and Hadley Smith each contributed nine assists. Southern Wesleyan boasted 53 digs on the day, led by senior Katlyn Von Ins with 14 of them. She was followed by Kaylyn Woods with 10 digs. Amber Bass had the lone service ace and Danairi Malave had the only solo block for the Warriors.
Final: Converse 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-16 / CC 0-7) Converse (6-15 / CC 3-4)
How It Happened
Converse scored first in the contest on Saturday afternoon on a SWU serving error. Southern Wesleyan gained their first earned point on a kill from Darby Sheets. The Valkyries took an 11-3 lead before a kill from Amber Bass could stop the run. The Valkyries extended their lead to 21-12 before Johnson produced five kills to cut their lead to 23-18. Despite another late kill from Johnson, Converse was able to close the set with a 25-19 win.
The Warriors collected the first point of the second set. Johnson gave the Warriors their first offensive point with a kill from the outside. The Valkyries led 9-7 before making a 4-0 run that was broken up by a kill from Sheets. Sarah Stone and Sheets offered attacks for the Warriors offensively, resulting in kills to trail 18-11. Johnson attacked again late in set two, but the Valkyries would go on to win 25-17.
In the third set, the Valkyries would go up 5-2 before a kill from Ashlyn Holford would get the Warriors offense going. Kills from Hadley Smith and Johnson would put the Warriors ahead 9-7. Converse would respond with six unanswered points to regain the lead at 13-9. Bass would contribute another kill, but the Valkyries would win set three 25-16.
Southern Wesleyan will host the Elizabeth City State Vikings on October 14 at 7 p.m. They will then travel to play the King Tornado and the Lees-McRae Bobcats on the weekend of October 18 and 19.