Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team fell to 2-17 on the season overall, and 1-7 in Conference Carolinas play on Friday night, after falling to a 7-11 (4-4 CC) Mount Olive College team 3-1 in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Crusaders and Trojans met for the second time this season on Friday night, with the first match taking five sets to decide. The Crusaders trailed 0-2 in the first meeting in September, and battled back only to see the Trojans take a 3-2 match win. The Trojans continued on that path in set one, taking a 25-22 decision to go up one set to none in the Friday night Conference Carolinas showdown.
North Greenville led early in the match, but the Trojans would rattle off four straight points with the scored locked at eight to take a 12-8 advantage. The Trojans would lead 22-15, but NGU clawed back into the game with the help of mount olive attack and service errors. North Greenville would pull to within two, 22-20 before Mount Olive would regroup and score three of the next five to take the first set and a one set advantage.
The Crusaders never wavered however and came back strong in the second set to take a 26-24 win. Like set one, the Crusaders would jump out to an early lead with a 7-3 advantage only to see the Trojans pull to within one (10-9). MOC would even the tally at 12 later in the set on a Carly White kill, forcing NGU to call a timeout. The Crusaders would settle down and once again go on a quick run making the lead a comfortable 19-15 advantage, but the scrappy Trojans squad kept fighting and scored the next four points to tie the game at 19.
MOC and NGU would trade points out of an NGU timeout. North Greenville would pick up a point on a Mount Olive service error and another on a Rachel Burts kill to take the lead once again, this time at 22-20. The Trojans would continue to mount comebacks however, and would eventually take the lead 24-23 on another clutch kill from Carly White, but North Greenville would counter. After tying the game at 24, two straight Burts' kills would tie the set total at 1-1.
The third set would once again prove close, as the Trojans took an early lead, but saw the Crusaders inch back into the frame to the tie the score at 14-14. The Trojans would then tear off three straight points, including a service ace from Nicole Sparks to regain the advantage at 17-14. With the score tied 24-24 late in the set, a ball ricochet off of the ceiling would give the Trojans the 25-24 lead. The Trojans would gain a two sets to one lead on the following point when Lauren Lee’s serve found an opening to fall for the ace.
North Greenville would show little resistance in the fourth set, trailing by as many as nine during the frame. The Trojans would go on to take the set 25-15 over the Crusaders, earning them the 3-1 win on the road in Tigerville. MOC was led by Dezirae Mackey and Carly White, both tallying 12 kills. White was also a strong presence at the net on defense registering five solo and one assisted block. Her five solos led all players. Lauren Lee led Mount Olive with 15 digs, while Nicole Karas’ 40 assists paced all players.
For North Greenville, Yomi Adeyeye led all scorers with 14 kills on the night. Rachel Burts placed eight kills, while Hannah Helbert led the Crusaders with 16 digs. Codiann Amis and Elizabeth James also had double digit digs with 15 and 12 respectively. James also led the Crusaders with 30 assists.
The loss to the Trojans opens up a busy weekend for the Crusaders who will host a tri-match tomorrow hosting conference foe Barton College, and non-conference opponent Winston Salem State. NGU and Barton will open play at 12. Mount Olive will continue a three game road trip on Saturday with a trip to Due West, South Carolina to take on Erskine College. The Trojans and Flying Fleet will tipoff at 2pm.