Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team dropped a conference showdown with Erskine College on Friday evening 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-16).
Rebekah Mayes led the Crusaders with 11 kills and 15 digs to lead all players. Samantha Del Toro was second on the team with 9 kills, while Yomi Adeyeye finished with 7 kills of her own.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in set one, but the Fleet’s Caitlin Bullock led her squad back to tie the game at 4. Bullock finished the set with five kills. Erskine would tie the set at 4 and quickly gain control with a 12-4 lead. Trailing 23-19, the Crusaders rallied to pull to within 4 but were unable to close the gap as the Fleet took a 1-0 set lead.
Errors on offense plagued the Crusaders who committed 15 on the attack and 7 from the service line. The Crusaders also had 9 receiving errors, aiding the Fleet. NGU finished the game with a .213 hitting percentage while Erskine finished with a slightly better .278 percentage. The Fleet committed 10 attack errors and 5 service.
The Flying Fleet managed to carry the momentum from their set one win over into the second frame, sprinting out to a quick 7-1 lead, forcing NGU to call a timeout to regroup. The Crusaders then snapped off six straight points to tie the game at 7. Erskine quickly snatched the lead back however scoring 2 straight to take a 9-0 before taking the game and a 2-0 overall lead.
The Fleet would put together another impressive frame in the third as they jumped to another early lead en route to a 25-16 win. “We’ve got to get better with our fundamentals,” remarked coach Greg Mosely after Friday night’s match. “Erskine is a very well coached, very fundamental team. We have to get better with ball control and getting it to our hitters.”
The Fleet was led by Caitlin Bullock who racked up 11 kills and 6 digs. Larz Chabra picked up 10 digs for the Fleet and Kelly Sullivan led all servers with 3 aces. The Crusaders fell to 3-5 in Conference Carolinas play and 9-11 overall with 14 matches left on the schedule. The Crusaders will host Pfeiffer on October 10th at 7pm.