Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s volleyball team dropped its second match in a row on Tuesday night, suffering a 3-0 loss to Southern Wesleyan University in Hayes Gymnasium.
The Warriors wasted little time jumping on the home standing Crusaders, taking a quick 6-0 lead. The Crusaders continued to battle, but fell short in the first set dropping a 25-15 decision. SWU, which is working on becoming a full member of Conference Carolinas continued to keep the pressure on in game two as North Greenville continued to play from behind. SWU took an early 5-0 lead in the second frame, and lead by as many as nine. NGU stayed true to form and continued to scrap for position but fell into a 2-0 hole after Southern Wesleyan earned a 25-17 win.
The Crusaders figured out the pace of the game in the third set, and took their first lead of the game with a 3-1 advantage early in the set. Southern Wesleyan would battle back this time to take a 9-4 lead, but two straight points from the Crusaders cut the lead to 9-6. NGU eventually cut the lead to 10-9, but an 8-2 run would give the Warriors a comfortable 18-11 advantage. Crusaders refused to lay down however cutting the lead down to 19-17 in favor of SWU. NGU kept the game close for the remainder of the match, pulling to within two of the Warriors. Southern Wesleyan would earn the 3-0 win after an NGU attack error put the Warriors over the top with a 25-22 win.
Rachel Burts was NGU’s only player with double digit kills as she finished the night with 11. Elizabeth James finished with 18 assists While Hannah Lewis led the team with 12. North Greenville fell to 8-3 on the season, and 1-2 in league play. NGU will be back in action on September 25th, in Columbia, South Carolina against Benedict College.