Mount Olive, N.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team wrapped a weekend road trip on Saturday with a five set heartbreaking loss to Mount Olive College 3-2.
NGU dropped the first set of the day to the Trojans but stormed back to take a two sets to one lead. Facing a possible loss, Mount Olive rallied in the fourth to tie the match at two, to force a winner take all fifth set. Mount Olive led by as many as 14 points as the Trojans marched to a 25-12 win. In the fifth set, MOC charged out to an 8-1 lead before Lindsey Elswick served up two aces as the Crusaders pulled to within 2.
The Trojans would take control of the set after an NGU attack error. They went on to take a 15-10 set five win. The first set of the night proved to be a closely fought battle. With the scored tied at 18, Mount Olive’s Charnel Austin picked up a kill on a serve, sparking a Mout Olive rally. The Trojans would take control of the match with a 25-18 set one win. In the second set, Rebekah Mayes had three kills in a four-point span to put North Greenville ahead to stay. Mount Olive cut a five-point deficit down to two, but never got any closer. NGU tied the game at one set apiece 25-18 win. Mount Olive grabbed the early lead in the third set as a block by White and Powell gave the Trojans a 14-9 advantage. North Greenville chipped away and eventually took a 22-20 lead after a kill by Lauren Seeley.
Mount Olive rallied to regain the lead on consecutive kills but, North Greenville regained the lead on back-to-back kills by Kendra Meek and won the set on a block by Seely and Kaitlyn Pierce. Mayes notched a double-double for North Greenville with 18 kills and a match-high 15 digs. Pierce added nine kills and four blocks for the Crusaders, while Abigail Frame had 39 assists. Meek and Elswick finished with three aces apiece. Kaitlyn Harris added 10 digs.
The Crusaders will wrap up a seven game road swing on November 2, with a match in Tennessee against King College. North Greenville will return home on November 4, for senior Night against Erskine College.