Wilson, N.C.—NGU's record breaking season came to an end on Tuesday night after a 3-1 loss to Barton College in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas tournament.
The Crusaders earned a 25-17 opening set win, holding Barton's offense to just six kills compared to seven errors. The Crusaders produced 12 kills during their win while hitting .132 as a team.
The Bulldogs were the aggressor in the early goings of set two, jumping out to a 7-0 lead over visiting NGU. Megan Gouge would break the scoreless streak as North Greenville surged late in the frame to even the score at 16-16. The two teams would tie once again at 20-20 before the Bulldogs claimed the 25-23 victory, scoring five of the final eight points.
North Greenville would jump out to a 5-1 lead in the third set as Yomi Adeyeye delivered one of her 18 kills. NGU would extend its lead to 17-8, late in the set but the Bulldogs would come on strong in the end to clip the Crusaders 25-23 in the end to take a 2-1 set lead. NGU would lead 23-19 late in the set but six straight from the Bulldogs would put the set away.
North Greenville would once again find itself up in the fourth set, leading 8-4 in the early moments. Barton would tie the game 11-11 before extending its first lead of the frame to 16-13. The Bulldogs would go on to steal the 25-17 win over NGU in the final set, earning their first trip to the Conference Carolinas semifinals since 2010.
Kenzie Pierce finished behind Adeyeye with 11 kills while Megan Gouge had nine. Hannah Lewis had 20 digs while Madison Pogue had NGU's only double double with 42 assists and 17 digs on defense. Taylor Dupes had seven kills to help NGU in her final match as a Crusader.
NGU finishes the season with a 22-11 record, the best mark in school history.