Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team split a tri-match double header on Saturday falling to Barton College 3-1, followed by a dominating 3-0 win over Winston Salem State.
The Crusaders struggled in the first match, against a Barton team that sits in third in the Conference Carolinas with a 7-3 mark. Barton dominated the first set pounding out 13 kills, finishing with a .417 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs finished the Crusaders taking the first set 25-19.
North Greenville rebounded in the second set, pulling off an impressive 25-15 win. The Crusaders pushed the tempo, and scored five straight points to take a commanding 15-10 lead. NGU stayed on top, and finished the bulldogs off to tie the set count at 1-1. Barton would take the final two frames with scores of 25-22 and 25-16, dropping the Crusaders to 1-8 in Conference Carolinas play. The Bulldogs finished the game with a .264 hitting percentage. NGU finished with an impressive .262 percentage.
The Crusaders would bounce back in match two of the day, putting together one of their most complete performances of the season. NGU trailed early in the first set, but stormed back and eventually broke through to take a 1-0 set lead with a 25-20 triumph over the Rams. The Crusaders set a season high hitting percentage, hitting at .500 clip. Hannah Helbert led the way with five kills in the frame. Yomi Adeyeye added four.
The Crusaders would keep up the hot hitting in set two, dropping just under the .500 mark with a .419 average. The Crusaders registered 16 kills on 31 total attempts in the Frame, led once again by Hannah Helbert who added five more kills. The Crusaders would finish the frame and take a 2-0 set lead with an impressive 25-12 win. The third set would get more interesting, as the Crusaders, who once led by as many as five, saw the Rams storm back to tie the game at 18. The Rams would take a 19-18 lead, but the Crusaders would score the final seven points to take the set, and the match win with a 25-19 win.
The Crusaders improved to 3-18 on the season after the win over Winston Salem state, but fell to 1-8 in Conference Carolinas after falling to Barton in the early match. NGU will take the court again in three days when they travel to Bristol to take on King University in a Conference Carolinas road showdown. The Crusaders and Tornado are scheduled for a 7pm tipoff.