Tigerville, SC- The North Greenville Crusaders continue their win streak with their fifth consecutive win to open the season with a hard fought win over Chowan. NGU took three of the five games after being down two games to one (25-22/25-23/25-23/25-16/15-11).
The Crusaders and the Hawks began the game with a close battle until the Crusaders went on a three score run to take an 18-15 lead. The Hawks quickly battled back to take a 21-20 lead over NGU. The Hawks would out score the Crusaders 10-3 after being down 18-15 to take game one 25-22.
NGU would start off fast in game two taking an 8-3 lead over the Hawks. This lead would not stand for long as Chowan would fight back with a six point run to take an 11-10 lead. NGU and Chowan would trade score for score until a kill from Brittany Tepedino would spark a 3-0 run from the Crusaders to put them up 22-20. The Hawks would quickly battle back to tie the game at 22. With a kill from North Greenville’s Kenzie Pierce, the Crusaders would go on to win Game two 25-23 in what proved to be a highly competitive game.
Chowan would begin game three a 4-2 lead over the Crusaders but NGU would battle back 5 scores to take a 7-5 lead over the Hawks. The game was vastly competitive as both teams traded scores until Chowan took a 17-14 lead over North Greenville. Chowan took a 24-20 lead over the Crusaders which sparked a 3 score run from NGU to cut the game to 24-23. North Greenville’s comeback attempt would fall short; as Chowan would go on to win 25-23.
North Greenville started game four off with a lead of 6-3 over Chowan. The hawks fought back with an 11 score run to go up 14-11. NGU would go on to dominate Chowan by outscoring them 14-2 to go on and win the game 25-16.
North Greenville and Chowan would begin the game closely competitive with Chowan taking an 8-6 lead over the Crusaders at the side change. After changing sides the crusaders would go on to dominate the Hawks 9-3 to take game five with a final score of 15-11.
Samantha Hebb would lead in kills with 21 total for the match. The Crusaders had no trouble distributing the ball around as Madison Pogue would go on to finish with 58 assists out of the total 65 Crusader assists including 20 alone in game 2. Taylor Waters would go onto lead NGU in digs with 28 total digs.
NGU will take on Columbia College tomorrow September 9th in Columbia.