Hartsville, S.C.—Rebekah Mayes and Samantha Del Toro led the way with double digit kills, and Abigail Frame led all players with 40 assists as NGU recorded its second conference win of the season with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22) victory over the Cobras of Coker College.
Mayes paced the Crusaders with 17 kills to lead all scorers while Del Toro had 12. Mayes was also led all players with four service aces. Defensively Frame also led the Crusaders with 9 digs while Codiann Amis had 8.
Coker’s lone set win of the day came in the first frame. The Cobras trailed 1-0 early, but an NGU service error and three straight attack errors gave Coker a 4-1 lead. The Cobra’s took a 5-1 lead after a service ace from Mindy Morris. The Cobras would go on to take a 25-17 win.
North Greenville got off to a quick start in the second set taking an early 10-4 lead. Five different players contributed to the Crusaders quick lead including Taylor Dupes, Yomi Adeyeye, and Samantha Del Toro. The Crusaders would win the frame after going on a 9-3 scoring run. The Cobras added to the North Greenville cause committing two attack errors and a set error leading to NGU’s 25-13 win. Rebekah Mayes paved the way for the Crusaders with 3 kills in the final 9 points.
The Cobras jumped out to an early lead in the third set. The Crusaders finally evened the tally at 10 after Taylor Dupes put away an Abigail Frame set. Coker would answer back with a kill on the next serve to take an 11-10 lead. It would be the Cobras’ last lead of the set. The Crusaders would score the next two points to take a 13-11 lead. The Cobras kept fighting and tied the frame at 13, 14, and 15, but NGU grabbed a two point 17-15 lead on kills by Del Toro and Frame. Del Toro would put the frame away eight points later with a kill to give the Crusaders the 25-21 win and a two sets to one lead.
The Cobras once again got out to a quick start in the fourth set taking a 5-2 lead on the Crusaders. The Crusaders would tie the game at five on kills from Mayes and Del Toro, and a Coker attack error. The Crusaders would grab a quick 11-10 advantage halfway through the set before the Cobras worked their way back into the lead scoring twice to take a 14-12 lead following a 12 all tie. NGU would then rattle off four straight points to take a 16-14 lead. The Crusaders would fend off another Coker comeback late, to take a 25-22 decision, and the match.
For Coker, Lauren Hill led the way with 13 kills and 11 digs. Brittany Bass led all defenders with 17 digs. The win put the Crusaders at 8-10 on the year and 2-4 in Conference Carolinas. The Crusaders will return to Tigerville for a three game conference home stand starting on October 2nd against Converse College.