Winston Salem, N.C.—The North Greenville Volleyball Team continued its solid 2015 campaign on Wednesday night with a 3-1 win over Winston Salem State in non-conference action.
The Crusaders improved to 14-5 overall on the season after the mid-week win. Sara Miller continued her hot hitting leading all players with 14 kills. Yomi Adeyeye finished the night with 13 kills while Kenzie Pierce had 10.
North Greenville put together its best set of the night in the opening frame, delivering 15 kills, hitting .216 as a team. The Crusaders led the first frame from the opening point, and led by as many as eight. North Greenville committed seven errors in the opening frame but Sara Miller and Kenzie Pierce put the game away with back-to-back kills give earn the Crusaders a 25-18 win.
Winston Salem State would take advantage of NGU's worst offensive performance of the night, earning the 25-21 win to even the set score at 1-1. North Greenville had just six kills during the second set compared to seven errors on 33 attempts. The -.30 hitting percentage was just one of a few times the Crusaders were in the negatives in 65 sets played this year.
NGU would recapture its advantage in the third set, earning a hard fought 28-26 win. NGU's offense bounced back with 14 kills in the third set after struggling in the previous frame. The Crusaders led 22-20 before consecutive errors evened the tally at 22. NGU later trailed 25-24. Miller would once again come up big for the Crusaders with consecutive kills, the first of which broke a 26-all tie, and the second which earned NGU the win.
NGU jumped out to a 12-8 lead in set four and led the rams by as many as eight. Winston Salem eventually cut the deficit to just four as NGU committed three consecutive errors as the Rams clawed their way to within six. A kill and an ace would pull the Rams even closer as NGU led by just four before Kenzie Pierce's 10th kill of the night would end Winston Salem's hopes of a comeback.
Madison Pogue finished the night with 43 assists. Megan Steading had 10 digs and led NGU with two service aces while Hannah Lewis led NGU with 21 digs.
The Crusaders will host Erskine College Friday night at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium. The game against the Fleet will kick off a busy weekend for the Crusaders who will host Emmanuel College and Benedict, Saturday in a tri-match starting at 1pm.