Tigerville, S.C.— NGU snapped a two game losing streak on Tuesday night in Hayes Gymnasium, taking a convincing 3-0 win over the Lions of Piedmont College.
The Crusaders offense looked to get back on track after a tough couple days, taking a 10-5 advantage early in the game. NGU stayed hot outscoring the Lions 15-7 to take a 25-12 set one win. The opening set broke a six set skid and gave NGU a 1-0 overall lead. Yomi Adeyeye led the way for the Crusader offense with six kills. Kenzie Pierce and Megan Steading both dished out an ace from the service line, while the Crusader defense accounted for seven blocks at the net.
North Greenville gained early control again in set two, but Piedmont remained undeterred. The Lions stayed close, and eventually cut the once sizeable NGU lead to just 9-7. The Crusaders remained in control snapping three consecutive kills to regain a comfortable 12-7 lead halfway through set two. Piedmont later closed the gap to three and staying close to North Greenville, but the Crusaders were undaunted and finished the set on a 5-2 run to earn a 25-19 victory.
The tables turned in set three, at least early in the match, as the Lions jumped out to an early lead this time. Piedmont grasped a 4-1 advantage early on capitalizing on some early North Greenville errors. The Crusaders wouldn’t gain their first lead of the match until several points later earning a slim 7-6 advantage. The Crusaders and Lions would trade points before North Greenville gained a firm control on the match with a 12-8 advantage, the biggest lead since Piedmont’s 4-1 lead earlier in the match. NGU’s offense would prove too strong in the long run however, as the Crusaders outscored the Lions 18-4 to finish off a 3-0 win, snapping a two game losing streak for North Greenville.
NGU dominated on both sides of the net Tuesday night, accounting for 16 blocks and a hitting percentage of .312. Rachel Burts led the charge at the net, leading all players with five block assists and a solo block. Elizabeth James had her best defensive game with four solo blocks of her own. James also dished out four aces with three kills. Hannah Lewis led all players with 12 digs. Yomi Adeyeye was NGU’s leading point getter at the net with 10 kills while Kenzie Pierce had nine kills of her own, and three aces.
The Crusaders are now 11-5 on the season, with a weekend home stand starting on Friday. NGU will host Conference Carolinas leading Erskine College Friday night at 7pm, and Emmanuel College on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Both games will be played in Hayes Gymnasium.