CRUSADERS FALL SHORT IN BID FOR UPSET OF LEES MCRAE
Banner Elk, N.C.-The North Greenville volleyball team fell to 3-10 in conference play on Wednesday night after dropping a 3-1 decision to league leading Lees McRae in the opening game of a seven game road swing.
The win over North Greenville moves the Bobcats to 14-0 on the season. The Crusaders set out to make a statement in set one and came close to picking up a set one win. After falling behind 3-1, NGU evened the score at four before taking a 7-6 lead. The Crusaders and Bobcats would then battle for an advantage in a match that had seven lead changes and nine ties.
NGU's biggest lead of the game was two points. The Crusaders held a 22-20 lead late in the match but a late push by the Bobcats forced extra serves as LMC went on to take a 26-24 set one victory.
North Greenville bounced back with a strong second set. The Crusaders trailed by five points early, but Greg Mosely's squad rallied to take a 16-15 lead, the Crusaders first lead of the second set. The Crusaders would stand strong and go on to tie the game at one set a piece with a 25-23 win.
NGU once again came out strong in the third set. The Crusaders took a late 17-13 win and looked to take a 2-1 advantage. NGU would take a 20-15 advantage before Lees McRae began to claw its way back into the match. Lees McRae tallied five straight points on three kills and two NGU attack errors to take a 25-22 win after trailing 22-20.
Set four would be all Lees McRae. The Bobcats jumped trialed by two early but would go on to take a 25-14 set four win securing their 14th conference win of the season. Rebekah Mayes and Lauren Seeley who both had nine kills led NGU's offensive attack. Kendra Meek added two to her team leading 52 serving aces. Abbigail Frame was the leading distributor for NGU with 26 assists and Kaitlyn Harris led the Crusaders with 12 digs.
The Crusaders fell to 12-14 on the season Wednesday but will look to claw closer to the .500 mark on Saturday with a weekend matchup with Local NCCAA rival Southern Wesleyan University. The opening serve between the Crusaders and Warriors will be at 1pm in Central, South Carolina.