Augusta, GA—North Greenville Women’s Volleyball dropped its first two matches of the season, Saturday as Augusta University and Georgia College earned 3-1 (14-25/25-21/20-25/18-25) and 3-0 (20-25/16-25/18-25).
The Crusaders suffered their first blemish of the season in the day’s opener as host Augusta University. The Jaguars took advantage of seven attack errors from the Crusaders as well as an error at the service line en route to a 25-14 opening set win.
The Crusaders regrouped and took an early lead in the second frame, jumping out to a 9-5 advantage. The Jags crept back into contention late in the set as they pulled to within two points of visiting North Greenville. The Crusaders answered with kills from Annmarie Johnston and Sommer Cagle to set up game point while an attack error from the Jaguars would even the set score at 1-1.
Augusta would capture the next two sets. A set three victory of 25-20 earned the Jags a 2-1 lead in the set count while a 25-18 win in the fourth set finished off the Crusaders and handed them their first match setback of the season.
Sommer Cagle led the charge with 12-kills on offense while Kenzie Pierce finished with 11. Taylor Waters had 15-digs on defense while Madison Pogue set the tone with 29-assists. The Crusaders had five service aces as a team including two from Brittany Tepedino and Annmarie Johnston.
The Crusaders looked to bounce back versus Georgia College but the Bobcats had other plans. NGU struggled offensively in the second game, converting just 30-kills on 117 total attempts. The Crusaders finished the second game with just a .113 hitting percentage with 17 total errors.
The Bobcats defense kept the NGU front line guessing and finished the day with eight block assists and two solo blocks. Samantha Hebb led North Greenville with eight kills while Pogue finished the day with 23-assists. Ashlyn Wilkinson dropped in two service aces to lead the Crusaders.
North Greenville led early in the first set but saw the lead erased by the Bobcats who went on a 5-1 run to take the lead at 8-7. The Crusaders regained the edge once again but Georgia College fought back once again and pulled ahead for good with a kill from Miller Howard. The Bobcats would earn the 25-20 set one win.
The Bobcats would keep the pressure on in the final two sets as NGU gained the lead just twice more, both advantages coming early in the frames. Georgia College would go on to take a 25-16 win in set two and a 25-18 win in set three to drop North Greenville to 6-2 on the season.
The Crusaders will return home on Tuesday night to host Converse College in the first Conference Carolinas action of 2016. First serve is scheduled for 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.