Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Women’s Volleyball Team snapped a three game conference skid on Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 win over Emmanuel College in Tigerville.

NGU looked to rebound from a tough Friday night, and did so quickly. The Crusaders took a game one win over the Lions after recovering from a slow start. The Crusaders trailed for much of the early parts of the set,  but pulled even with the lions midway through, eventually taking a 17-16 lead. NGU trailed later in the match 23-22 but an Elizabeth James ace pulled the Crusaders even. NGU then took a 24-23 lead, but the Lions answered and even the score at 24 all. The two squads traded points to make the score 25-25 before North Greenville put the finishing touches on the match, the deciding point being a kill from junior Taylor Dupes to give NGU a 27-25 win.

The Crusaders carried their momentum into set two. After battling back and forth with the Lions for much of the frame, the Crusaders eventually took a 21-17 lead, the biggest lead of the game for either team. The Crusaders would lead 23-18 but the Lions crept back to pull to within three. North Greenville’s defense stiffened however, as North Greenville would go on to score the next two points with the help of an EC error to take the win and a 2-0 set lead. The Crusaders earned the 2-0 lead with a 25-20 score.

North Greenville continued its solid play on Saturday, carrying the effort into the third set. The Crusaders continued to steam roll past the Lions, taking a very comfortable 16-8 lead over the Lions. The Crusaders added to its lead, going on a 4-1 run to take a 20-9 advantage forcing Emmanuel to take a timeout. The Lions continued to fight, and pulled to within 23-14 of NGU, but the Crusaders capitalized on two Emmanuel errors to take a 25-15 set three final, and a 3-0 win.

Yomi Adeyeye was once again NGU’s leading offensive threat, putting down 10 kills on 28 attempts. Elizabeth James led all players with 32 helpers while also leading NGU with 10 digs. The Crusaders are now 12-6 on the season overall, and 2-4 in Conference Carolinas play. North Greenville will be back on the court on Monday night in Sumter, South Carolina against Morris College. First serve is set for 6pm.