Tigerville, S.C.-- Sara Miller's career high 12 kills and a 10 kill performance by Kenzie Pierce led North Greenville to a 2-0 record on Saturday with a pair of 3-0 wins over Conference Carolinas foe Limestone College, and Claflin, Saturday, extending NGU's set win-streak to nine consecutive wins.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first set behind two aces by Taylor Dupes before finally surrendering a point to the Saints. The teams would trade points until the Crusaders went another scoring streak behind the service of Kenzie Pierce. North Greenville took its biggest lead of the set at 15-6, eventually winning 25-18.
The second set saw a much more competitive atmosphere as Limestone hoped to even up the match. The teams traded points back and forth for most of the set before a small, three point run gave the Crusaders the advantage at 13-9. The deficit stayed around three points for most of the set until the Saints mounted a comeback, fighting to a score of 22-21. North Greenville would emerge the victors from the set, however, taking the win 25-23.
As the third set opened, the teams once again traded points as Limestone fought for a comeback. With the score at 17-16, a kill from Sara Miller would regain service for the Crusaders and they would not relinquish it again. North Greenville scored nine straight points to end the set and take the 25-16 win.
Miller led the Crusaders on the day with 12 kills in the match, followed by Megan Gouge with eight kills and Yomi Adeyeye with seven. Pierce and Megan Steading tied for the team lead in digs with nine, followed closely by Dupes, who had seven. Dupes also had four service aces on the day.
The win takes North Greenville to 15-5 on the season and 6-1 in Conference Carolinas play.
In the span of 24 hours, North Greenville defeated Converse College, Limestone College and Claflin University without dropping a single set. In the final game of the weekend, the Crusaders topped the Claflin Panthers by a score of 3-0.
Capitalizing on recent momentum, the Crusaders jumped out to an early lead. Behind the serving of Taylor Dupes, the Crusaders would go on a seven-point run, taking a 10-point lead and turning it into a 22-6 lead. North Greenville would eventually take the set by a score of 25-9.
The second set opened much differently, as Claflin came out and took a quick 8-1 lead. The Crusaders would respond and begin clawing their way back into the game. Tied at 15-15, Dupes had a service ace to take the lead and the Crusaders would never again trail, taking the win 25-21.
After a comeback victory in set two, the Crusaders were locked in and looked to put away the Panthers in set three. Megan Gouge served as North Greenville won the first nine points of the set and the team cruised to a 25-4 third set victory.
Kenzie Pierce led the Crusaders with 10 kills on the night, while Yomi Adeyeye and Taylor Dupes each added eight. Hannah Lewis led the team with nine digs. Dupes also finished the night with five service aces and six digs.
The Crusaders travel to Winston Salem, N.C. on October 7 to take on Winston Salem State University, looking to extend their current win-streak to eight games. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.