Friday, October 2, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—Taylor Dupes' notched 10 kills while freshman Sara Miller matched a career high with seven kills powering North Greenville past Converse College 3-0 on Friday in Hayes Gymnasium.

The Crusaders improved to 5-1 in league play while moving to 11-5 on the season after their second win over the Valkyries this season. NGU had three other players with five kills, fighting through one of its toughest nights of the season offensively. The Crusaders hit just .242 for the match but got help from the service line, dishing out eight aces led by Dupes, Madison Pogue, and Megan Gouge who each had two.

The Crusaders got out of the gate quickly in the first set taking an 8-3 lead over the visitors from Spartanburg. North Greenville would go on to win the set 25-15 to take a 1-0 set lead. Converse would give little resistance, committing four errors to just six kills while the Crusaders put down 13 kills, led by Sara Miller and Megan Gouge who each had three kills in the frame.

The Crusaders would once again sprint to an early advantage in the second frame, taking a 6-0 lead. Gouge would notch her two aces during the run while Dupes and Ashlyn Wilkinson would both knock down a kill each. The Crusaders also got the help of two attack errors from Converse. The Crusaders would take a 22-8 lead before the Valkyries began to claw back into the match. Converse would score six of the next eight points to cut the deficit to 10 before NGU put the finishing touches on the frame with a kill from Pogue to give NGU a 25-15 win.

The Crusaders would dish out 11 kills in their third set while posting their highest hitting percentage of the night, a .267. NGU would finalize the win with a 25-17 victory after holding off a scrappy Converse team that kept the final set closer than the previous two. NGU's largest margin of victory in the third was 6-0, but the Valkyries would fight back to cut the NGU advantage to 8-7. The Crusaders would go up 19-13 late, and finish the match with Miller's seventh kill of the game.

North Greenville will play host to both Claflin and Limestone Saturday afternoon in the first tri-match of three in October. The first serve is set for 1pm against Limestone College. The Crusaders will then take on Claflin at 5pm.