Spartanburg, S.C.—Yomi Adeyeye pounded out a season high 21 kills with just seven errors and Taylor Dupes added four service aces, helping NGU gain ground in the race for the Conference Carolinas playoffs with a 3-2 win over Converse College.
Taylor Dupes also added 10 kills to her line on Tuesday night, adding to NGU’s 52 total kills on the night. The Crusaders dominated the first two matches of the night, taking the opening frame 25-9 and the second 25-14. Crusaders served up a combined 19 kills on 46 total attempts in the two opening frame routes.
Converse used a hotly contested third frame to work itself back into the match. The Valkyries came out on top of a 29-27 decision that cut NGU’s set lead to 2-1. The Valkyries led for much of the game, but North Greenville finally earned a late advantage, taking a 21-17 lead. Converse eventually evened the score at 24 all, forcing extra points in the set. The two squads would trade points until the Valkyries would earn the win with consecutive services aces that extended the match to a fourth game.
North Greenville looked to be back on track in set four, jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead but Converse had no intention of going quietly. Converse would even the tally at 8-8 before grabbing the lead over a reeling NGU team. The Crusaders would continue to battle but lacked answers as the Valkyries earned their second straight set win to even the tally at 2-2, forcing a winner take all fifth set with a 25-22 win.
North Greenville found its footing again in the fifth set. NGU used three errors in the opening points by the Valkyries to take a 3-0, and never looked back. The Crusaders used kills by four different players as well as a service ace by Dupes to earn the win, while also getting some help with a service error from Converse which ended the game a 15-9.
North Greenville improves to 3-6 in Conference Play, and 16-9 overall. The Crusaders will be back on the court on Halloween Night in Due West, South Carolina to take on Erskine College at 7pm.