Friday, September 4, 2015

Raleigh, N.C.—North Greenville started the 2015 season on a positive note on Friday afternoon, blanking Saint Augustine's 3-0 (25-21, 25-5, 25-15) on the first day of the Saint Augustine's Challenge.

Yomi Adeyeye was hot early on and finished that way, finishing with a match high 12 kills. Adeyeye received some help from Madison Pogue who had 31 assists while Hannah Lewis locked down the back row for the Crusaders with 23 digs, both game highs. North Greenville had 10 service aces four of which came from Pogue while Taylor Dupes and Sara Miller both had two.

North Greenville led by as many as eight in the first set, but the Falcons stormed back to cut the NGU lead to three. NGU was the beneficiary of several services aces in the match, including one from Juliseea Thomas which ended the first set as the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead.

Yomi Adeyeye would take over in the second set as NGU dominated from the opening serve. The senior snapped of four consecutive kills and five overall as North Greenville quickly jumped out to a 2-0 set lead. Summer Cagle also put down multiple kills during the second set while Taylor Dupes put the finishing touches on the 25-5 win with her second service ace of the game. NGU scored nine straight to lock up the set two win.

The Crusaders would find themselves in a hole quickly in the third set as three attack errors and two service aces earned the Falcons a 5-0 lead. The Crusaders would answer with an 8-0 run carried by the strength of two aces from Madison Pogue and four kills from Adeyeye to take an 8-5 lead. The three point edge would be all NGU needed to finish off the Falcons. NGU sealed its first victory of the season with a 17-10 run.

The Crusaders are now 1-0 on the season with one more match this weekend. NGU will take on Glenville State, Saturday at 1pm in Raleigh, wrapping up the Saint Augustine's Challenge.