CRUSADERS GEAR UP FOR BUSY WEEKEND OF VOLLEYBALL ACTION
Thursday, September 26, 2013
CRUSADERS GEAR UP FOR BUSY WEEKEND OF VOLLEYBALL ACTION
Photo Courtesy: Carlie McKinley


The North Greenville volleyball team fell to 1-11 on the season and 0-3 in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday night after a tough 3-2 loss to Limestone College. It was NGU’s first game in the friendly confines of Hayes Gymnasium since the beginning of September after embarking on a six game road trip over the last several weeks.

The Crusaders will continue a four game home stand on Friday night, into Saturday, when Lees-McRae comes to Tigerville to open the weekend. The Crusaders will also host Clark Atlanta and King University on Saturday in a tri-match.

Statistically, the Crusaders are led on offense by sophomore Yomi Adeyeye who is the team leader in kills with 133, good enough for second in Conference Carolinas. She is currently the only player with triple digit kills, while Elizabeth James has taken over the team’s setter spot, dishing out 179 helpers, while also registering 66 kills, the second highest among the NGU netters.  Defensively, Gabby Sehres has proven herself to be a commodity handing out six solo blocks, and 28 assists, ranking her 7th in the league.

Lees-McRae

The Crusaders will welcome a Lees-McRae squad who sits just above NGU in the standings at 0-2 in Conference Play, but 1-12 overall.  The Bobcats lone win of the season came against a common opponent for NGU, in UVA-Wise. The Bobcats won the decision over the 3-2 at the King University Invitational nearly two weeks ago.

The Bobcats feature a roster that boasts four upperclassmen including three seniors and a junior.  The Bobcats were voted fifth in the Conference Pre-season poll, right below the Crusaders, who were voted fourth, the same spot they finished in, after their 2012 playoff run.

Freshmen outside hitter Avalon Liscio leads the Bobcats with 110 points on the season, averaging 2.50 kills per set. Veteran Candace Niemiec is a solid middleman for Lees-McRae with 110 helpers to lead the team.

King University

The Tornado come into the weekend sitting at the top of the conference, with a 10-3 overall record, and a 2-0 mark in league play. King is currently riding the momentum of a nine game win streak, including wins over conference foes Belmont Abbey, who was voted the top team in the pre-season conference pole, and Pfeiffer University.

Summer Kremer is the leading point getter for the Tornado, with 150 kills on the season to lead the conference. Two other King players also rank in the top 10 in the conference for kills including Maribeth Kern (119) and Kelsey Griffits (103).  Griffits is also ranked first in the conference with a  .403 hitting percentage. King also boasts a league leader in digs in Payton Tipton who has 220 on the season.

Olivia Underwood is having a strong season in the middle for King, dishing out with 415 on the season. Averaging 8.47 per game, Underwood ranks second among conference setters.

Clark Atlanta

Clark Atlanta roles into Tigerville, having a solid season, enjoying an 8-1 start to the 2013 season. Like the Tornado, the Panthers are also riding a winning streak, winning seven in a row. With their only loss of the season coming to Kentucky State, the Panthers rest in second place in the Eastern Division of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Crusaders and Panthers faced off twice in 2011, with NGU taking both decisions by scores of 3-0 and 3-1.

The Games this weekend will be streamed live online on the North Greenville Sports Network on Ustream.com. Also available will be live twitter updates throughout the four weekend games. The links for each are provided below.

NORTH GREENVILLE SPORTS NETWORK 

@CRUSADER_SPORTS (NGU TWITTER FEED)