Friday, October 3, 2014

Banner-Elk, N.C.—The North Greenville Women’s Volleyball Team fell to 10-4 overall, and 1-3 in Conference Carolinas play on Friday night after suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of Lees-McRae in league action.

NGU looked rusty on offense after having nearly a week off, hitting at just a .074 clip in three sets of play. Yomi Adeyeye led NGU with just 7 kills. Hannah Lewis claimed the only service ace for NGU while also leading the Crusaders on defense with 13 digs.

NGU was slow out of the gates in set one, falling behind early to the home standing Bobcats who took a 7-2 lead early in the frame. NGU would keep the LMC lead under 10, but would be unable to pull even of the Bobcats who went on to win the set 25-17.

The story remained the same in set two, as Lees-McRae would jump out to a 6-0 lead, taking advantage of two early errors by North Greenville. The Crusaders would stay focused though and go on a 10-4 run, eventually evening the tally at 10-10. NGU used kills from Adeyeye, Taylor Dupes, Megan Gouge, and Kenzie Pierce during the scoring out-burst as well as a service ace from Hannah Lewis.

North Greenville would hold serve and go on to take its first lead of the game at 12-11, eventually building a 15-12 advantage, their biggest of the night. Lees-McRae would gradually regain a foothold however, and score six straight to retake an 18-15 lead. The Bobcats would go on to earn the 25-19 win in the second set and a 2-0 overall lead.

The Bobcats would battle early in the third set which looked to be closely contested set. Lees-McRae once again gained an early advantage, but NGU stayed close and pulled to within 9-6 of the Bobcats. The Crusaders eventually pulled to within one of LMC at 11-10, but the Cats turned on the jets and outscored the Crusaders 14-5 in route to a 25-15 win over North Greenville.
The Crusaders will take on King University tomorrow afternoon in Bristol, Tennessee. NGU will take on the Tornado at 2pm.