Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Women's Volleyball Team swept a home double-header on Saturday afternoon with a pair of 3-0 wins over Emmanuel and Benedict Colleges.
The Crusaders improved to 15-6 overall and 7-2 in Conference Carolinas play, keeping pace with the top of the league. The Crusaders earned a victory in set one led by Sara Miller who had five kills. NGU and Emmanuel were in a close battle until the Crusaders rattled off five consecutive points to create some separation. The Crusaders would go on to win the opening frame 25-20.
NGU would trail most of the way in the second half but gain control late with a four-point run to take a 22-21 lead. The Lions would even the tally at 22 but NGU would score three of the next four points to earn the 25-23 set two win. Yomi Adeyeye did most of the damage with four kills during the set while Emmanuel helped NGU's cause with seven errors.
North Greenville would lead by as many as five during the final frame, but the Lions would continue to fight, cutting the lead to just four. Megan Steading would extend the set to game point while Kenzie Pierce would finish off the Lions with eighth kill.
Adeyeye led NGU with 12 kills while Madison Pogue finished with 31 assists. NGU had four aces at the service line including three by Pierce. Megan Gouge and Megan Steading also had an ace. Hannah Lewis led NGU in the dig category with 18 while Laiken Porterfield finished with 11.
NGU would tack on a second win after a dominating 3-0 win over Benedict in the second game of the day. The Crusaders stomped out a 25-9 win in set one, taking advantage of a 13-4 start. Adeyeye would once again piece together a good set for North Greenville, with six kills while Megan Gouge finished with five in the first frame.
Benedict would make the Crusaders work in the second frame as the Tigers jumped out to a 10-5 lead. NGU would then embark on a 12-0 run, sparked by the serving of Megan Steading who dished out two aces as NGU raced to a 17-12 advantage. NGU used five errors from Benedict paired with two kills each from Emily Timms and Courtney Adams to retake the lead. NGU would go on to win the set 25-21 as the Tigers finished the set with seven errors and just nine kills.
Adeyeye finished the game with 16 kills while Megan Gouge capped her day with nine kills. The Crusaders would wrap up the 2-0 day with another dominating performance in the third set against Benedict, finishing off the tigers with a 25-10 win. Pogue finished with 34 assists to lead all players while Megan Steading finished with three aces. Kenzie Pierce and Ashlyn Wilkinson added two aces a piece While Hannah Lewis led with 11 digs.
The win over the Tigers improved NGU's record to 16-6, the best 22-game start in 23 years. NGU will travel to Limestone College on October 13th for a 7pm first serve with the Saints.