Tigerville, S.C.—Kaitlyn Pierce set a new school kills record and the Crusaders rallied twice on Saturday as North Greenville (9-10) cruised to match wins over Pfeifffer University and Benedict College 3-1 and 3-0.
The two Saturday wins moved the Crusaders closer to the .500 mark for the season. The Win over Pfeiffer was also North Greenville’s first Conference Carolinas win of the 2011 season. Kaitlyn Pierce set a new all time kills record at NGU early in set two of the Pfeiffer game. She finished the day with 21 kills and 870 career kills.
In the first set of the day, the Crusaders cruised to a 25-13 win. North Greenville pulled ahead early 10-4. NGU outscored the Falcons 15-9 to wrap up the set one win. Pfeiffer rebounded in set two and took a 13-9 lead. The Falcons lead by as many as 4 points but with a 24-19 lead, the Falcons let the Crusader claw their way back into the match. NGU strung together five straight scoring opportunities to tie the game at 24. The Falcons would go on to score two straight points, one of which was an NGU service error to take a 26-24 win.
In set three, the Crusaders found their first set form. North Greenville took a 19-8 lead over the falcons and went on to take a 25-11 win. The Crusaders would go on to take a 25-21 set four win, securing North Greenville’s first league win.
The Crusaders carried the momentum of the game one win into their second match of the day with Benedict. NGU and the Tigers faced off once already in 2011 when The Crusaders traveled to Columbia to win a 3-1 decision in hostile territory. NGU would pick up where it left off. Set one of game two would prove to be the most competitive of the three games as Benedict used a strong defensive effort to stay close. NGU’s offense, led by Kendra Meeks (15 kills) proved to strong for the Tigers as the Crusaders took a 25-22 decision.
The Crusaders once again came out determined in set two with Benedict. Anchored by Kaitlyn Harris and a sturdy defensive attack, North Greenville held the Tigers to just 13 points. Abigail Frame was once again a solid centerpiece for NGU as she tallied 32 assists as the Crusaders cruised to a 25-13 set 2 win.
The Crusaders looked even more impressive in the final set of the day. The Crusaders allowed just six Benedict points on their way to a 25-6 win.
North Greenville will look to build on their weekend success in four days when they travel to Spartanburg to take on Converse College. The Crusaders and Valkyries will serve it up at 7pm.