MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer University women’s volleyball team hit .312 over sets two, three and four to comeback from a first set loss claiming a 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Converse College in Conference Carolinas action on Wednesday night. The win marks the 10th-straight for the Lady Falcons against the Valkyries improving to 2-8 overall, 1-2 in league play. The loss drops Converse to 0-13, 0-3.
Trailing 13-11 in the opening set, back-to-back kills from Anna Williams (Spartanburg, SC) turned the tide for Converse en route to the eight-point win. Katie Butler (Savannah, GA) would soon give the Valkyries a lead for good with one of her nine kills on the night before Jordan O’Bryant (Reidsville, NC) kept Pfeiffer close with a kill of her own. Converse would then register seven of the sets’ final eight point to claim the 25-17 win.
In set two, a pair of quick aces from Emily Wall (High Point, NC), along with three kills each from Milana Mervosh (Roebuck, SC) and Brianna Jones (Atlanta, GA), led Pfeiffer out to a rapid 12-2 lead. The Valkyries would use several Lady Falcon errors and a kill from Lauren Ziegler (Duncan, SC) to get within three at 18-15, but Mervosh, Jones and Amber Wooten (East Bend, NC) would each contribute late kills leading to a 25-21 set win and a match all squared at one.
The third set saw Converse bolt out to an 8-5 advantage after one of Martin’s four aces on the night. The Lady Falcons would claw back to 12-all after another Jones kill before grabbing the lead for good on two Valkyrie miscues and an ace from Taylor Houser (Mount Holly, NC). Wooten would put down the sets final three kills to give Pfeiffer a 2-1 match lead.
Converse would again jump out to a quick lead in set four moving out to a 10-7 mark on another kill by Williams. Kills from Kelly Lancellot (Naples, FL) would help make up ground for Pfeiffer before a Lady Falcon error and ace from Aubrey Crosby (Spartanburg, SC) quickly pushed Converse back on top 14-12. Wooten would help Pfeiffer stave off the visitors with a four-point run down 20-19 with a Converse timeout mixed in. After the Valkyries moved to within two at 24-22, Jones would end the night on her tenth kill of the evening.
Wooten would lead all hitters with 15 kills on the night as Pfeiffer hit above .340 in sets two and four. Jones would follow closely with her 10 kills while Wall and Meghan Davis (Fulton, MO) shared setting duties. Wall concluded with a match-high 25 kills while Davis chipped in with 16. Libero Cate Glendenning (Holly Springs, NC) recorded 14 digs in the win while Wall completed the double-double adding 13. Converse was led by Meg Taylor’s (Spartanburg, SC) 10 kills and .474 hitting percentage while Kandace Griffin (Birmingham, AL) chipped in with 18 assists. Crosby would lead all on defense popping up a match-high 23 digs for Converse.
Pfeiffer gets back to league action on Friday night traveling up to King for a 7:00 p.m. match with the Tornado. Live stats and video will be available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.