Demorist, Ga—Codiann Amis posted a season high with 25 digs, and Yomi Adeyeye pounded out 18 kills, as the Crusaders fell to a strong Piedmont College team 3-2 in Wednesday night non-conference action on the road in Georgia.
Adeyeye’s 18 kills led all scorers. NGU also had one other scorer in double figures as Rachel Burts added 11, kills, finishing with a .214 hitting percentage. The Crusaders dropped the first set of the night after the Lions hit at a .222 clip for the frame. The Crusaders registered 12 smashes in the set, but committed 12 attack errors, as the Lions took the frame 25-18.
North Greenville bounced back in the second set to tie the match at one win a piece. The Crusaders registered their best offensive frame of the night, hitting at a .175 mark, while holding the Lions to just a .103 mark. Both squads committed seven errors in the set, but the Crusaders out attacked the Lions with 14 total kills. NGU would take the set 25-23.
The teams would trade wins in the third and fourth sets, as the Lions would come out on top with 25-21 win in the third, and NGU would dominate the fourth with a 25-15 triumph. The theme continued into the fifth set, as Piedmont and North Greenville would trade points, battling past the 15 point mark. The Lions would go on to take the frame 18-16, and the game three sets to two.
Statistically, the Crusaders had one of their better nights across the board, as three other players registered double digit digs. Elizabeth James and Megan Steading were both credited with 14 and Hannah Helbert added 11. James also led all players with a career high 51 assists on the offensive side of the net. She also had two service aces along with Helbert.
The loss drops the Crusaders to 2-16 on the season. NGU enters a busy weekend as the Mount Olive Trojans travel to South Carolina for a Friday night match with the Crusaders. North Greenville will also host it second tri-match of the season on Saturday as Barton and Winston Salem State come to Tigerville. The Crusaders and Trojans will tip off at 7pm on Friday night.