CRUSADERS BEST LEES McRAE; KEEP PACE IN PLAYOFF RACE
Banner Elk, N.C.—Spurred by Rachel Burts 13 kills and Elizabeth James’ 32 assists, the North Greenville volleyball team (6-23, 4-10) kept itself in the race for the final Conference Carolinas playoff spot with a 3-1 win over Less-McRae College.
The Crusaders jumped ahead early taking a 1-0 set lead after besting the Bobcats 25-17 in the opening frame of Tuesday’s match. NGU took an early 5-1 lead, and later led 8-4, but Lees McRae rose up to tie the set at 11, keeping the match close until late in the set. The Crusaders, once again tied with the Bobcats at 16-16, would score seven points on LMC errors, with a
Yomi Adeyeye kill to take a 24-17 lead. Gabby Sehres would pick-up one of her two service aces on the final point, closing the door on set one and giving the Crusaders a 25-17 win.
The Crusaders hit at just a .227 clip during the first set, but the Bobcats struggled mightily offensively finishing the first frame with a -.40. It would be North Greenville which fell behind early in the second set, but only by a couple as the Bobcats a brief 2-0 lead. NGU rebounded quickly and would eventually race out to a 17-14 lead, poised to take a 2-0 lead. The Bobcats however, looking for their first conference match win of the season, would later tie the game at 21-21. Taking advantage of the Crusaders worst offensive showing of the night, the Bobcats would go on even the tally at 1-1 with a 25-22 win.
North Greenville quickly made up lost ground however in set three. NGU would put together its best performance of the night, smashing 11 kills on 28 attempts, led by Rachel Burts, who had five of her 13 during set three. The Crusaders would sprint out to a 17-7 lead, during the third frame, and would go on to take the 25-14 win, and a 2-1 set lead. The set four win, a 25-12 triumph, would put the Crusaders over the top with the 3-1 victory after finalizing their fourth conference Carolinas win of the season.
Defensively NGU was led by Codiann Amis who collected 14 digs on the night. Rachel Burts and Yomi Adeyeye led the Crusaders with three assisted blocks a piece. Adeyeye also had 10 kills. The win over Lees McRae keeps the Crusaders in a close battle for the eighth and final playoff spot with Converse College and Pfeiffer. North Greenville can take a huge step in the right direction on Friday evening with a win over Pfeiffer. NGU took a 3-1 win over the Falcons last Friday. Tipoff between the Crusaders and Falcons is scheduled for 7pm in Misenheimer, North Carolina.