Misenheimer, N.C. – NGU’s Women’s Volleyball team improved to 2-0 in league play on Friday evening with a 3-0 (25-15/25-20/25-18) win over Pfeiffer University.
The Crusaders start the Conference Carolinas slate with a 2-0 record for only the second time in program history, repeating the act, which was done for the first time to open the 2015 season.
North Greenville got off to a quick start in set one and kept the foot on the gas, jumping out to a 13-7 advantage. Kills by Tepedino and Kenzie Pierce would make the score 15-7 while Samantha Hebb and one more kill from Tepedino mixed in with a Falcon attack error extended the lead to 18-7. The Crusaders would earn the set win with a Pfeiffer service error take the 1-0 set count.
Set two would remain close as neither team could gain a stranglehold on the lead. NGU led by as many as three but the Falcons fought back to pull to within one (18-17) late in the set. NGU fought back to take a four point lead after a Johnston kill preceded a Falcons error to give NGU a 21-17 lead. The Crusaders would hang on to take a 24-19 lead over the Falcons. Pfeiffer would gain one more point on an NGU error but Tepedino would put the set away with spike to earn North Greenville a 2-0 lead.
The Crusaders wasted little time in set three as they jumped put to a 10-5 advantage. NGU led by as many as eight during the set as Johnston’s last kill of the night gave North Greenville a 21-13 lead. Pfeiffer would fight back pull within five of the Crusaders but consecutive points from Hebb and Courtney Adams would end the threat and send NGU with a second conference win.
Annmarie Johnston led the Crusaders who had nine kills while Samantha Hebb and Brittany Tepedino had eight. The Crusaders finished with 38-kills on 98 total attempts. Madison Pogue finished the night with 33-assists and a service ace. Taylor Waters led NGU with 10-digs while Johnston finished with a team high four assisted blocks.
The Crusaders will take on Belmont Abbey Saturday at 2pm in Belmont, North Carolina.