Marion, S.C.—The North Greenville Women's Volleyball Team dropped two matches on Friday with losses of 3-1 and 3-2 to Alabama-Huntsville and Georgia College in the opening day of the FMU Invite.
The Crusaders suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Alabama-Huntsville in a 3-1 defeat. Taylor Dupes led the Crusaders with 11 kills in the first while Yomi Adeyeye was the only other player in double-digits with 10. Madison Pogue finished with 33 assists while Hannah Lewis had 22 digs. Dupes added 10 digs for her first double-double of the season.
The Crusaders earned a 25-23 win in the first game of the set, using the momentum of 17 kills on offense. The Chargers rebounded to take the next two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-10. The Crusaders trailed by six late in the fourth set, but looked to force a winner take all fifth frame after cutting the lead to just three. Megan Gouge put down two kills for NGU in the final points of the match but the Chargers proved too much finishing NGU off with her match leading 14th kill.
NGU looked to rebound in the second match of the day against North Georgia. The Crusaders found themselves down 1-0 again after the Bobcats took a hard fought 25-23 win. North Greenville bounced back to take the next two sets and a 2-1 overall lead with solid performances from Dupes and Adeyeye once again. Dupes finished with 19 kills while Adeyeye had a game high 20. The Crusaders earned wins of 25-19 and 25-22 over the Bobcats.
The Bobcats would go on to take the final two sets with wins of 25-21 and 15-11. NGU would lead late into the fourth set but a 5-1 run at the end of the frame would lead the Bobcats to the match tying victory. The Crusaders would fall being 5-2 in the extra set but would even the tally with back-to-back kills from Dupes and Annie Beisecker. NGU would run out of steam offensively however as Georgia College would go on to take the set five win and the match dropping NGU to 4-2 overall on the season.
Madison Pogue finished the second game with a season high 53 assists Lewis led NGU with 16 digs. Megan Steading had 11 digs while Sara Miller and Taylor Dupes both had 10. Kenzie Pierce finished the game with four service aces. NGU will wrap up the FMU Invite tomorrow with games at 9am and 1pm.