Marion, S.C.—The North Greenville Women's Volleyball Team's rough weekend came to a close on Saturday with losses of 3-1 and 3-0 to West Alabama and Francis Marion.
The Crusaders found themselves up 1-0 after a first set victory gave them the early upper hand. Both teams relied on slow offensive starts from each other as the Tigers had just eight kills while NGU finished with nine. The Crusaders hit just .122 while the Tigers were on the negative side with a -.056 hitting percentage. Sara Miller capped NGU's set one 25-14 with the final kill.
West Alabama would recover to take a 2-1 lead with set two and three wins of 25-19 and 26-24. NGU led late in set three, but two straight points from the Tigers with the scored tied at 24-24 would earn West Alabama the win and a 2-1 lead. The Crusaders would run out of steam in the second half as WAU earned the match victory with a 25-13 win.
Yomi Adeyeye led the offense in game one with 10 kills while Madison Pogue had 35 assists. Hannah Lewis and Megan Steading led the NGU defense with 17 digs and 14 digs. Pogue finished with three service aces while Megan Gouge finished with three assisted blocks.
NGU was outmatched again in its second match of the day against tournament host Francis Marion. The Crusaders found themselves down by six midway through the first set but four consecutive points would cut the Patriot lead to 23-18. Francis Marion would answer with two straight of its own to earn the 25-19 set one victory.
The second set would be all Patriots as the tournament host powered past NGU to take a 2-0 lead. The Crusaders had just three kills in the set two loss, and hit -.158 as a team. Francis Marion capitalized on nine NGU errors with 11 kills in route to a 25-9 win. The Crusaders looked to get themselves back in contention in the third set as they led midway through the match. A Taylor Dupes kill would give NGU a 12-11 lead over the home-standing Patriots.
North Greenville would lead midway through the third set but the Patriots would even the score at 12-12, using the momentum to go on to a 25-17 win. North Greenville fell to 4-4 on the season after the two Saturday losses. The Crusaders finished with 27 kills as a team on 105 total attacks while hitting a season low .048.
The Crusaders will take on Converse College on September 15th at 7pm in Spartanburg, South Carolina.