Bristol, Tenn.—The North Greenville volleyball team looked to break its early season curse on Saturday but dropped two games in the final day of the King University Invitational. The Crusaders fell to Carson Newman College 3-1 to open the day, and finished the tournament with a 3-0 defeat to Travecca Nazarene.
North Greenville started Saturday on a positive not, taking a 25-20 set one win. The Crusaders grabbed an early advantage in frame one, but the Eagles battled back to take a 10-8 lead, forcing an NGU timeout. The Eagles eventually took an 18-15 lead, but the Crusaders closed the game on a 10-2 run to take a 1-0 set lead. Yomi Adeyeye registered three kills during the late set run, including two straight to give the Crusaders the win.
The Eagles would go on to take the next two sets 25-16 and 25-18. The Crusaders looked to force a fifth game during the fourth set, and looked to be on the right track to do so, leading 11-9 early. The set would remain close throughout, but Carson Newman grabbed the upper hand with a 23-19 advantage. North Greenville clawed back to within two, but the Eagles proved too much for NGU taking the fourth set 25-22 and the match 3-1.
Leaders in game one include Yomi Adeyeye who finished with a game high 16 kills, and Taylor Dupes who collected 13 digs. There was no lack of offensive attack for the Crusaders who attempted 136 kills during the four set duel.
The Crusaders looked to bounce back in their final game of the tournament against Trevecca Nazarene. Game one was the most competitive of the three as neither team was able to pull away. North Greenville was able to pull ahead 14-10 midway through the match, forcing a Trevecca timeout. The timeout worked as the Trojans went on an 8-3 run to take an 18-16 advantage. NGU would bounce back and take the lead 23-22 late in the set, but three straight NGU errors would aid the Trojans in picking up their set one win.
NGU was unable to bounce back after the late defeat in set one, as the Trojans cruised to a pair of 25-12 wins, dropping NGU’s overall record to 1-7. Taylor Dupes once again led the way for NGU with 10 digs on defense while Yomi Adeyeye registered 7 kills. Haley Hester was strong at the net posting two assisted blocks along with Courtney Adams and Rachel Burts who both had one assist.
NGU will look to break the current seven game losing on Tuesday when the Crusaders travel to North Carolina to take on Winston Salem State.