Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Orangeburg, S.C.—The North Greenville Women's Volleyball team improved to 4-0 on the season after a 3-1 win over Clafflin, Tuesday night in road volleyball action.

The Crusaders took a 25-22 win in the opening set to set the stage for another unbeaten match. The Crusaders followed up the set one victory with a dominating 25-11 win in set two. North Greenville extended the set lead to 2-0 on the heals of a 5-2 run, capped by three straight NGU points and a Yomi Adeyeye kill.

The Crusaders were stellar on offense once again in the first two sets, hitting above the .300 mark in each win, including a .407 hitting percentage in set two. The third set however would be NGU's worst offensive performance thus far. The Crusaders hit just .068, committing nine errors to just 12 kills. The Panthers took advantage. NGU would fall 25-22 in the second frame, the team's first set loss of the season. North Greenville pulled to within 23-22, but consecutive kills from Clafflin's Kiara Johnson would cut the Crusader's set lead to 3-2.

NGU's offense returned to form in what would be the final set of the night, rebounding from a subpar second set with 11 kills to just one error. A .476 hitting percentage would propel NGU to the 3-1 final. Megan Gouge would lead the way with four kills for North Greenville, including the game winner, which gave North Greenville a 25-11 win.

Gouge would lead North Greenville's offense with 14 kills while Kenzie Pierce posted 11. Madison Pogue finished with 42 assists and three service aces. Megan Steading had two aces for NGU. The Crusaders were paced by Hannah Lewis who had 18 digs while the team finished with eight blocks, defensively.

North Greenville will be back in action this weekend at the Francis Marion Volleyball Invite, in Marion, South Carolina. NGU's first game will be on September 11 against the University of Alabama-Huntsville at 12pm.