Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Volleyball Team fell to 16-8 overall and 7-4 in Conference Carolinas play after a 3-0 loss to Southern Wesleyan.

The Crusaders were downed in the first set 25-19 in the opening frame, a set which was well played by both teams. The Crusaders finished with 15 kills and a .324 hitting percentage while SWU had the slight edge with 17 kills and a .484 percentage. Yomi Adeyeye did her part to keep NGU alive with three kills in the first set while Sara Miller, Emily Timms, and Megan Gouge each had three. The Crusaders trailed 20-15 but staged a late comeback to cut the SWU lead to two before the Warriors ended the speculation with a 5-1 run to earn the first win of the night.

The Crusaders would hold the late two point lead in the second set as the Warriors found themselves on the ropes. A kill from Emily Timms and a ball handling error by SWU would earn NGU a 22-20 lead as the Crusaders looked to even the set series at 1-1. The Warriors would come back to tie the game at 23 and collect two straight kills to take the 25-23 lead. Both offenses were solid once again in the second frame but the Warriors once again edged North Greenville. The Crusaders had 16 kills as a team, led by Timms who had five.

North Greenville put forth its best effort in the opening points of the third set storming out to a 7-2 lead. A timeout by the Warriors would allow them to regroup and cut the deficit to one. The Warriors would eventually gain a 12-11on a North Greenville attack error. The Crusaders would continue their solid offensive output, but Southern Wesleyan would finish the night on a 13-4 run to earn the 3-0 win.

Sara Miller finished the night as North Greenville's kill leader with 11 while Yomi Adeyeye and Emily Timms finished with 10 each. Madison Pogue finished the game with 38 assists while Hannah Lewis finished the game with 15 digs. NGU hit .344 as a team with 43 kills and just 10 errors.

Thursday night's game was the beginning of a busy weekend for the Crusaders who will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take on Loyola University and Clark Atlanta Friday night starting at 5pm.