Belmont, N.C.—North Greenville’s winning streak was snapped at nine games on Saturday after the Crusaders were downed by defending league champion Belmont Abbey 3-0 in a second straight Conference Carolinas road game.
North Greenville is now 9-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Abbey waisted no time in set one, taking a 16-10 lead over NGU. The Crusaders from the North led NGU by as many as eight during the frame before finishing of NGU with a 25-16 score, taking a 1-0 set lead. Set two was more competitive however, as North Greenville continued to scrap. NGU led 20-17 late, after consecutive errors by Belmont Abbey, giving the Crusaders the upper hand. Abbey would answer with an 8-3 fun to take the set two win.
North Greenville fell behind quickly one again in the third set, but battled back to pull to within 13-10, but the defending champs proved to much for the younger NGU squad. NGU committed 18 errors on offense against Belmont Abbey, and hit just .067 for the entire game. Yomi Adeyeye, Kenzie Pierce, and Elizabeth James all had seven kills to lead the Crusaders while Ashlyn Wilkinson and Pierce had two services aces. Hannah Lewis led NGU with 14 digs as Rachel Burts added a solo and assisted block.
The Crusaders will host future conference member Southern Wesleyan on Tuesday night at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.