Tigerville, S.C.—Yomi Adeyeye tied a career high with 14 kills to lead all players, and Elizabeth James tacked on three service aces as the Crusaders fought past the Mount Olive Trojans 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23) on Monday night in Hayes Gymnasium.
Abigail Frame led all players with 26 helpers while Rebekah Mayes tallied 17 digs on defense. Lauren Seeley was also strong for the Crusaders collecting two solo blocks and two block assists.
Mount Olive looked strong to start the game taking an early 6-1 forcing the Crusaders to take a quick time out to regroup. Mount Olive would go on to take an 8-5 lead but the Crusaders slowly worked their way back into the game. Adeyeye would tie the count at 11 with two straight kills. Adeyeye would go on to put away eight kills in the first frame. The two squads would trade leads before the game was deadlocked at 19. The Crusaders would then gain 21-19 advantage on a Rebekah Mayes Kill and a block that dropped between two Trojan players to start a 6-0 run that would give NGU a set one win.
Adeyeye continued her domination at the net in the second set pounding out three consecutive kills to give NGU a 5-3 lead. The Crusaders would go on to take a very quick 11-8 lead to force a mount olive timeout. North Greenville would take advantage of several Mount Olive errors in the frame to go on a 9-2 run, giving NGU a demanding 20-10 lead. Two Adeyeye Kills would give the Crusaders a 24-13 lead. The set win would come on a Mount Olive attack error.
For the game, the Trojans committed 18 attack errors and six receiving errors. The Crusaders would commit three less with 15 attack mistakes with just two receiving errors. The Trojans hit at a .078 clip while the Crusaders hit at .175. MOC was led by Carly White who led the team with 7 kills. Nicole Sparks was the Trojans best defender with 14 digs; Talita Rocha lead all players with 4 block assists for Mount Olive.
Set three would be the most competitive set of the night. The Trojans once again jumped out to a multiple point lead with a 6-3 advantage to force another NGU timeout. Mount Olive would take an 11-5 lead before the Crusader battled back to even the tally at 11. The two squads would then trade points with neither team gaining larger than a two point advantage until the Crusdaers gained a 23-20 lead on a Mayes kill. The Trojans would close the gap but faced a game point with a 24-23 score. Abigail would end the suspence on the next serve flipping the ball over the net between two MOC defenders to give the Crusaders a decisive 3-0 match victory.
“Im very pleased with these young ladies and their effort,” said head coach Greg Mosely. “We changed the lineup a little bit so that could have caused a slow start, but after we got used to it, they came out with an outstanding effort and I’m very proud of them.”
The Crusaders are now 11-12 on the season and 5-6 in conference play with three league matches left. The Crusaders hold strong in the fourth spot in the Western Division with a home match against King College on Tuesday night in Hayes Gymnasium at 7pm.