Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Women’s Volleyball Team split a double-header on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 3-0 game to Limestone College. The Crusaders bounced back with a 3-0 win over Winston Salem State in game two.
The Crusaders and Saints battled evenly for much of the first set. Limestone held a five point lead midway through but North Greenville battled back to take to eventually take a 22-21 lead. The Saints would then capitalize on shaky North Greenville play, using three attack errors and a kill to take the 25-23 decision and a 1-0 set lead.
North Greenville got ahead early in game two, taking a 6-4 advantage, but this time the Saints would rally from behind to grab a 20-10 lead late. The Crusaders returned favor, scoring seven of the next eight points to cut the LC lead to 21-17. NGU would try to pull back even with the saints in set two, but Limestone rallied late to earn the 25-19 win.
NGU led early in the third set, taking a 2-0 lead over the Saints, but Limestone would go on to take its first lead of the game at 4-3 a couple points later. The Crusaders stayed within striking distance of the Saints, looking to make a move and force a fourth set, but Limestone held composure and stayed in control of the set, eventually earning a 25-17 win.
Yomi Adeyeye led the offense against Limestone with 14 kills, leading all offensive players. Ashlyn Wilkinson led NGU with two service aces with 10 kills. Elizabeth James had 18 helpers, while Hannah Lewis led North Greenville with 12 digs.
The Crusaders rebounded in game two against the Rams of Winston Salem State. The Crusaders were 34 of 81 with just 11 errors on offense, with a .284 hitting percentage. Adeyeye once again led the NGU attack with 13 kills while Rachel Burke added seven. Elizabeth James quarterbacked the offense with a game high 30 assists while Hannah Lewis and James anchored the NGU defense with 11 and 8 digs respectively.
The Crusaders stormed out of the game in set one, flexing their muscles in route to a 25-9 set win. NGU pounded out 14 kills on 20 attempts in the opening frame, with zero errors. The Crusaders took advantage of three Rams attack miscues to take the win.
The Rams settled in, in the second set but North Greenville still bettered them, earning a closely contested 25-23 win. The Crusaders were a little less crisp on offense, committing 8 errors with 12 kills. The Crusaders continued to play ahead in what would be the final set of the day, earning a 25-17 win.
The Crusaders improved to 14-8 on the season after the win over WSSU but are still struggling in Conference Carolinas play, sitting at two wins and six losses. NGU will be back in action on October 21st when the Crusaders travel to Columbia to take on Columbia College at 7pm.