Belmont, N.C. - North Greenville lost to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Saturday marking their third loss of the season as well as their first conference loss. BAC took three straight games to win the match over NGU.
The first game started off fairly competitive with North Greenville and Belmont Abbey trading point for point. NGU went on a four point run to put them up 15-11 after the BAC Crusaders committed several attacking errors as well as a ball handling error. Belmont Abbey would quickly battle back to tie the game up at fifteen with the help of Hannah Dubas’ two kills. Belmont Abbey would later score three unanswered scores to put them up 24-20 over NGU. A kill from Kenzie Pierce would cut the BAC lead to three but an unfortunate service error by Ashlyn Wilkinson would end the first game for North Greenville.
Game two would start off close between both Crusader teams until three consecutive kills from Belmont Abbey would put them up 10-6 over North Greenville. Several attacking errors from BAC as well as an ace from NGU’s Madison Pogue would lead NGU to take an 11-10 lead. Both teams would trade points until two kills from Belmont Abbey and two Errors would give belmont a 19-14 lead over North Greenville. BAC would later take a 24-20 lead over the NGU Crusaders which sparked NGU to score three straight points to cut the lead to one. North Greenville’s comeback attempt would ultimately come up short as Belmont Abbey’s Coreen Norwood would put the ball on NGU’s side for her third kill of the game.
Belmont Abbey would start off strong in the third game by taking a 6-2 lead of NGU. A kill from Kenzie Pierce as well as an ace from Brittany Tepedino would help North Greenville cut BAC’s lead to 6-5. Belmont would go on to out score NGU by six to take a 14-9 lead over NGU. BAC wouldn’t give North Greenville many chances to catch up as NGU could not tie the game back up. North Greenville would ultimately go on to lose the final game 25-20.
Madison Pogue would finish the game with 27 assists putting her season total up to 350 total assists. She would also have two Aces on the night giving her 16 total this season. Kenzie Pierce and Samantha Hebb would lead NGU in kills for the night with thirteen giving Pierce 108 kills on the season as well as giving Hebb 106 on the season.
North Greenville drops to 8-3 this season and looks to improve on that Monday, September 19, 2016 when the travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on Benedict College.