Tigerville, S.C.—North Greenville started the Conference Carolinas portion of the schedule with a 3-0 (25-12/25-15/25-13) win over Converse College.
The Crusaders led by just one point until a five point run earn NGU a 15-9 advantage. Ashlyn Wilkinson would add an ace to cap the scoring before the Valkyries answered with a kill to make the score 16-10 in favor of North Greenville. The Crusaders would go on to score 9 of the next 11 points including a block and kill from Annmarie Johnston to take the set one victory.
The momentum from the set one win would carry over into the second frame as the Crusaders jumped out to a 16-10 advantage. Three different players would deliver two kills while seven aces from the service line including two from each from Eaden Shockley Madison Pogue would lead North Greenville to the 2-0 set lead.
The Valkyries would keep it close in the third set as NGU led by just three points (9-6). The Crusaders would then reel off five consecutive points with Johnston at the line to gain a commanding 14-6 lead over Converse. Johnston put together a string of five serves in a row that included two aces during the NGU run. An error would break up the rally but NGU would respond quickly with a kill to make the score 15-7.
The Crusaders would lead 19-10 before three points from the Valkyries cut the advantage to six. A block from Annmarie Johnston would halt the Converse rally while consecutive aces by Mikayla Linnens two straight kills would earn North Greenville the match point. Linnens would end the game with her third ace of the final set to chalk up NGU’s first Conference win of 2016.
Brittany Teppedino led NGU with eight kills on offense while Madison Pogue dished out a game high 21-assists. The Crusaders finished with 14-service aces with five different players knocking down two. Kenzie Pierce and Ashlyn Wilkinson had eight digs to lead NGU while Johnston had a team high four assisted blocks to go along with one solo.
The Crusaders will be back in action on September 16th when they travel to Misenheimer, North Carolina to take on Pfeiffer at 7pm.