Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bristol, Tenn— Codiann Amis led the Crusaders with 12 digs on defense, and Rachel Burts added six kills, but they were not enough as the North Greenville volleyball team fell to 3-19 on the season with a 3-0 loss to King University.

The Crusaders were only able to muster 18 kills on 84 attempts during the three set contest, recording a -.84 hitting percentage, while the Tornado hit at a .187 clip, pounding out 39 kills on the night. King jumped on the Crusaders early opening the match on a 6-0 run. The Tornado would continue the pressure, going up 9-1 on the Crusaders forcing NGU to use its first timeout. The timeout would do little to help North Greenville as King would go on to take the first frame 25-12.

North Greenville would reverse roles in set two, and jump out to an early 10-5 lead. Rachel Burts would be the key during the NGU run, pounding out three of her six kills during the opening points of the frame. The Crusaders would hold the lead until late in the match as King crept up on North Greenville, eventually tying the tally at 19-19. The Tornado would score six of the final nine points, winning the set 25-22 while also taking a 2-0 set lead over the Crusaders.

The Crusaders would hold close to the Tornado in set three. NGU tied the set at three early, and looked to take the lead, but a 4-0 Tornado run would give them an 8-4 lead. King would go on to take the final set of the night 25-18, improving its Conference Carolinas, best record to 9-0 while dropping the Crusaders to 1-9 in the league. The Crusaders will have four days to regroup before heading to Atlanta Georgia for a non-conference tri-match with Clark Atlanta and Breneau Universities.