Thursday, September 3, 2015

The North Greenville Women's Volleyball Team will look to improve upon its 2014 playoff run this year, as they gear up for the opening of the 2015 season.

"Our goal or standard for this program is 20 regular season wins/10 conference wins," said head coach Greg Mosely when asked about what improvements could be made going into 2015, "So we are striving to hit that mark and stay at or above that standard each year. We would like to be in position to contend for a conference championship at the end of each season."

On the offensive side, big things are expected of the two team captains, junior Rachel Burts and senior Yomi Adeyeye. Burts, a native of Anderson, SC, finished last year with 215 kills compared to. Adeyeye, a Kennesaw, GA native, had an even more productive year with a whopping 315 kills. Both players will look to maintain consistency and effectiveness on the offensive side of the ball.

Defensively, expectations run high for the Crusaders as they head into the 2015 campaign. Returners Kenzie Pierce, Hannah Lewis, and Taylor Dupes will look to maintain excellence on the defensive side of the ball. Last year, Pierce, a sophomore out of Winston-Salem, NC, finished last year with 120 digs and 23 total blocks. Dupes, a senior out of Dallas, GA, had 131 digs and 15 total blocks in 2014. Lewis, a senior out of Hickory, NC, had an amazing 494 digs last season. These 3 returning players will be expected to be the leaders defensively.

"We have 6 seniors, all should contribute in some form or fashion during the year. Yomi and Taylor are our captains and have already set a new level of leadership," Mosely said when asked about which of the players were expected to have a bigger impact this year, "I expect a big contribution from those upper classmen."

The Crusaders have a tough slate of games in 2015. When asked about which of NGU's upcoming opponents will be toughest, Coach Mosely responded with, "Everybody on our schedule is capable of beating us. In our conference Erskine, Limestone and King are probably the teams to beat that have traditionally in the past few years been favored at the top of the Women's Volleyball standings. Our most difficult opponent however, will be ourselves."

NGU looks to have a winning start to 2015 when they take on Fayetteville State University on September 4 in Raleigh, NC. At 4 p.m.