Tigerville, S.C. – The North Greenville Volleyball Team fell to 11-6 overall and 1-4 in Conference Carolinas play on Friday night after falling to league leading Erskine College 3-0.
Erskine took a 6-0 lead out of the gates, but North Greenville closed the gap eventually earning its first lead at 17-16. NGU eventually took an 18-16 lead, forcing the fleet to take their first timeout of the match. The Crusaders would grab a three point lead, holding on to it until Erskine closed the gap to 24-22. The Fleet would then score four straight to close out the set 24-26 to take a 1-0 set lead.
The Crusaders stayed focused however, and eventually took their biggest lead of the match with a 12-7 advantage. North Greenville enjoyed a sizeable lead but the Fleet continued to claw and would cut North Greenville’s lead to 19-17. The two teams then battled, trading points as North Greenville clung to a one point advantage. The Crusaders took a 23-21 lead after an Erskine attack error, but two straight points from the Fleet evened the tally at 23 all. The Crusaders and Fleet would trade points again to the tune of 25-25, but Erskine would score two straight to take a 27-25 win in a set two thriller.
Erskine gained early control in the third set, taking a quick lead and holding it for the entire game. NGU continued to pressure the Fleet, keeping the lead under five until Erskine took 20-14 lead late in what would be the final set. A four point outburst by NGU would cut the Erskine lead to 20-18. Erskine would close out the game on a 5-2 run to take a 3-0 win.
Megan Steading led NGU on defense with 13 digs while Rachel Burts was strong at the net with two block assists and a solo block. Yomi Adeyeye led the offense with nine kills while Kenzie Pierce had seven. Elizabeth James had 25 dishes and a service ace. Jenna Farrato and Hannah Lewis also had aces.
North Greenville will take on Emmanuel College tomorrow afternoon in Hayes Gymnasium. First serve is scheduled for 2pm.