Tuskegee, AL—North Greenville won its third consecutive match on Saturday with a 3-0 (25-21/25-18/25-13) win over Albany State. NGU added a fourth win with a 3-1 triumph over St. Andrews to cap the undefeated weekend.
The Crusaders trailed briefly in the opening set as Albany State took a 14-13 lead. NGU evened the tally at 14-14 with a Tependino kill while Hayley Hester gave the Crusaders one point lead with a kill on the next serve. NGU would go on to win the set 25-21 in what would prove to be the most competitive frame of the match.
North Greenville raced out to a 10-point advantage in the second set taking a 16-6 lead, eventually leading by as many as 12. The Rams would pull closer to NGU with a 5-2 run late in the game but a kill from Hester would put the set away, earning NGU a 2-0 set lead.
The Crusaders would be even more dominant in the third set as the Rams failed to reach the 15-point mark. Hayley Hester and Annmarie Johnston would inch NGU closer to the straight sets win while an attack error from Albany State would end the game with NGU taking the three sets to zero win.
Kenzie Pierce led all scorers with 12-kills in game one while Tependino had seven. Madison Pogue dished out 30-assists while Ashlyn Wilkinson set a career high with five service aces. Defensively, the Crusaders had 42-digs led by Taylor Waters who had 13. Tependino led NGU at the net with four blocks including two solo blocks.
NGU vs. St. Andrews
The Crusaders earned their second win of the day and fourth of the tournament with a 3-1 (25-12/14-25/25-20/25-18) win over St. Andrews College.
Kenzie Pierce set a season high in kills with 16 while Samantha Hebb set her own season high with 14-kills. Madison Pogue upped her season high in assists with 45-dishes while Eaden Shockley led all players with five service aces.
Pierce also had 18-digs, giving her, her first double double of the season. Taylor Waters led the team with 28-digs while Ashlyn Wilkinson totaled 11-digs. Samantha Hebb led the attack at the net with three block assists and a solo block.
The Crusaders earned a dominant win in the first set but a determined St. Andrews squad returned the favor, handing North Greenville its first set loss of the season in the second frame. The Crusaders fell 25-14, evening the set score at 1-1.
The Crusaders rebounded in the third frame as kills from Courtney Adams, Annmarie Johnston, and Samantha Hebb would put NGU over the top in the 25-20 victory. The momentum carried over into the fourth but NGU would have to battle as the Saints continued to hang around, leading NGU 17-14 late in the set.
North Greenville then scored nine straight points including four service aces from Eaden Shockley and three consecutive kills from Hebb to jump out to a 24-17 lead. Hebb would add the finishing touches on the game as her 14th kill of the game earned NGU the win and a 4-0 record on the season.
The Crusaders will open up their home portion of the second on Thursday night as they host Chowan College at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.