Tigerville, S.C. - The North Greenville women's volleyball team added to its program best season on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Belmont Abbey and a 3-0 victory over Bluefield State. The Crusaders improved to 22-9 on the season and 10-5 in Conference Carolinas play.
North Greenville got back on track against Belmont Abbey in the second set after falling 25-17 in the first. The Crusaders opened up a five-point lead on BAC, extending it to six on an Abbey attack error. Abbey would cut the lead to three later on before a kill from Taylor Dupes gave NGU a 21-17 lead. Back to back kills from Yomi Adeyeye would extend the lead to 23-18 before an attack error and a final kill from NGU evened the match at 1-1.
The Crusaders of NGU would fall behind early in the third set as the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey jumped out to a 7-2 lead. NGU would work its way back into contention with four straight points including three kills from Kenzie pierce to pull to within one. BAC would regain a two-point edge but North Greenville took its first lead of the game at 10-9. The Crusaders extended their lead to four before going on to take the 25-20 win.
It took 14 kills in the fourth set for NGU to win its 10th Conference Carolinas game of the season. The Crusaders put together their second best offensive frame of the day as they hit .462 as a team, on the way to a 25-18 victory, once again coming from behind. An 8-4 Belmont Abbey lead would melt away as North Greenville eventually claimed a 13-12 advantage. North Greenville would put the game away with four straight points, three of which came on two service aces from Taylor Dupes and a kill from Yomi Adeyeye.
Adeyeye turned in an All-Conference like performance with 18 kills while Dupes and Pierce finished with 11 each. Madison Pogue delivered 45 assists and 12 digs on defense. Hannah Lewis turned in 17 kills while Dupes also had 15 for a double double.
Kenzie Pierce had a team high 13 kills, in North Greenville's second game of the night while The Crusaders cruised to a 3-0 win over the Blues. NGU trailed twice against Bluefield State with both leads for the Blues coming early in the first and third sets.
The Crusaders finished the game against Bluefield State hitting .330 as a team after putting down 42 kills. Madison Pogue dished out 38 more assists, giving her 1107 assists on the season. The Crusaders were also solid at the net; delivering six, block assists, led by Emily Timms who had two.
A come from behind win in the first saw NGU come back to take a 25-17 win. Megan Gouge and Kenzie Pierce spurred the Crusaders the 1-0 win with three kills each while three different players delivered aces. Yomi Adeyeye would lead the way in the second frame with six of NGU's 15 kills. North Greenville would extend the set lead to 2-0 with a 25-16 win.
It would take one more comeback in the third set for NGU to stake claim to its second win of the weekend. The Blues saved their best performance for the final set of the night. Bluefield State hit .292 with 10 kills. Their best set was not enough to beat NGU however as the Crusaders also had their best performance of the day. Pierce dished out six kills while the team finished with 16 as NGU took the 25-20 victory. Yomi Adeyeye would put the finishing touches on the game with her 12th kill.
North Greenville will wrap up the 2015 regular season on the road Wednesday night against Southern Wesleyan University at 7pm.