The North Greenville women's volleyball team lost its regular season finale to Southern Wesleyan University in heartbreaking fashion, losing in five sets.
The Crusaders opened the first set in a duel with the Warriors, trading points back and forth for the beginning of the set. The Crusaders took a slim lead at 10-7 before they began to take over the set. Behind the serving of Taylor Dupes and Megan Gouge, North Greenville would extend its lead to 23-10, including six point run while Gouge was serving. The Crusaders would eventually win the set by a score of 25-16.
The second set saw a much different style game, but the same outcome for North Greenville. The teams would duel the entire set, with Southern Wesleyan maintaining a slim lead for most of the set. The Crusaders finally took the lead at 21-20, once again behind the serving of Dupes. North Greenville capitalized on the late momentum and took the victory by a score of 25-23.
The Warriors would not go down without a fight, and came out with resilience in the third set. After the Crusaders took a slim 8-6 lead, Southern Wesleyan began a run that would take the score to 15-8, a deficit too great for North Greenville to recover from. The Warriors took the third set by a score of 25-17.
Southern Wesleyan dominated the fourth set from the start, opening up and early 11-4 advantage before putting the Crusaders away 25-15.
The fifth set would be marked by back and forth play, as the Warriors took the lead 9-5. North Greenville couldn't find any of the momentum it had in the first two sets as the comeback bid fell short in set number five, giving Southern Wesleyan the 15-10 win in the set and the 3-2 win overall.
Yomi Adeyeye added to her school record kills total, finishing with 21 kills on the night and one block. Dupes finished with 14 kills and once ace while Hannah Lewis led the team in digs with 22.
The loss drops the Crusaders to a final record 22-10 on the season and 10-6 in conference play, the most regular season and Conference Carolinas wins in school history. North Greenville will have to wait for the rest of the conference to finish out games before knowing which seed it will be in the conference tournament and who its opponent will be. Regardless, conference tournament games start on November 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the location of the higher seed.