CRUSADERS FALL TO ERSKINE 3-0 IN DUE WEST
Due West, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team dropped a Friday night decision to conference foe Erskine College 3-0.
The Crusaders jumped ahead of the Fleet which started all seniors for senior night but Erskine rebounded quickly to tie the game at 10-10. Erskine’s Alicia Bragg and Erin Tovo then combined for 3 straight kills to put the Fleet up 13-10. The Crusaders had an answer of their own as Gabby Sehers connected on two straight kills to give NGU a 16-15 later in the match, but the Fleet used a 10-2 run to win the set 25-18.
With the game tied 7-7, NGU scored four consecutive points giving NGU an 11-7 advantage, forcing Erskine to take a timeout. Neither team could command more than a one point later in the match until a service ace followed up with a kill gave Erskine a 22-20 lead. The two teams then traded points with the Fleet prevailing 25-23
Erskine’s defense sparked an 11-4 run to give the Fleet a commanding 23-15 lead in the third set. With the Fleet clinging to a one point advantage at 12-11, Bragg combined with senior Liz Massey then Bullock to stuff back-to-back Crusader attacks and ignite the Fleet run. Erskine won the third and final set 25-18.
The score was deadlocked at 12-12 on the third set before Erskine’s defense stuffed two NGU kill attempts which sparked an 11-4 run to take a 23-16 lead. NGU would attempt a run but could only muster two more points as the Fleet went on to win the final set 25-18.
The Crusaders were led by Samantha Del Toro’s 10 kills as the Fleet defense limited the Crusaders to a .068 hitting percentage. Rebekah Mayes missed a double double by one kill registering 11 digs to go along with 9 spikes. Abigail Frame led NGU with 26 assists while Gabby Sehers led the Crusaders with 3 block assists.
The loss dropped North Greenville to 14-15 on the season and 6-7 overall in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders fell to 4th place in the Western Division after Friday night’s blemish with three league matches left before post season action. The Crusaders will be in action again on Saturday when they travel to Spartanburg to do battle with Converse College.