Spartanburg, SC — The Converse College volleyball got off to the start they were hoping for with a 3-1 win over North Carolina Central University. The match was one of eight played today at the Converse Volleyball Invitational. The All-Stars won their season opener in four games (30-23, 30-26, 26-30, 30-24).
After winning game one, Converse trailed early in early game two thanks to a six point run by the Eagles. The run gave North Carolina Central an 11-3 lead. Not to be outdone, the All-Stars answered with a five point run to get within three. The Eagles would again pull out to a seven point lead at 18-11, before Converse mounted a six point run to get within one point. The two teams would trade points until Converse scored the final five points to take game two by a score of 30-26.
Game three proved equally exciting, however this time North Carolina Central would be able to force a fourth game. After North Carolina Central seemingly had the game in control at 25-16, Converse made yet another impressive run to get within two at 25-23 and then within one at 27-26. North Carolina Central would finally force a fourth game winning game three by the score of 30-26.
The final game of the match would not be nearly as streaky as the previous game. Converse prevailed in game four winning by six points.
Monica Wallace led the way offensively recording a team high 10 kills on the afternoon. Lauren Mueller and Melanie Wallace would add eight and seven kills respectively. Mueller would also prove to be a defensive force as well recording five solo blocks. Michelle Sloan and Sally Crossley combined for over 30 digs, 18 and 14 respectively. Baye Williamson had four aces while Monica Wallace also added three. Brittnay Ogez contributed with 34 assists for the match.
The All-Stars will be action again tomorrow as the Converse Volleyball Invitational continues. Converse College will take on Elizabeth City State of the Carolina Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon before facing off with Fayetteville State, also of the CIAA, at 3:45 pm. Admission into tomorrow’s matches is free.