Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville dropped a home game the Southern Wesleyan Warriors on Wednesday in five games (L 25-22, W 25-19, W 25-21, L 25-22, L 15-10). They are now 8-5 on the season (2-3 CC).
Game one was a tightly competitive matchup between the Crusaders and the Warriors. Both teams traded points until a set error from SWU as well as three kills from NGU’s Samantha Hebb would put the Crusaders up 14-10. Four straight kills from the Warriors would tie the game back up at 14 all. NGU would try to pull away after going up 17-15 but the Warriors stayed resilient and tied the game up at 17. After holding a 19-17 lead, The Warriors would go on to outscore The Crusaders 8-3 to win the game 25-22. Samantha Hebb would finish the game with six Kills.
North Greenville would have a strong offensive start in game two taking a 12-4 lead with seven points coming from kills. SWU would battle throughout the game to cut the NGU lead to two points at 19-17, but a kill from Kenzie Pierce would spark North Greenville to outscore SWU 6-2 to take game two 25-19. Kenzie Pierce and Samantha Hebb accounted for 11 of NGU’s 17 kills for game two. Madison Pogue would dish out 15 assists for the game.
Game three started off closely contested until back to back kills from Samantha Hebb and a Service Ace from Madison Pogue would set the Crusaders up for a six point run to take a 16-10 lead. North Greenville would continue to find success offensively to take a 21-15 lead. The Warriors would cut the Crusader lead to three but their comeback attempt would come up short as the Crusaders would go on to win 25-21. North Greenville would hit an astounding .485 for the game.
Southern Wesleyan would start off strong in game four taking a 9-4 lead over the Crusaders. A kill from Samantha Hebb and back to back service aces from Ashlyn Wilkinson would cut the Warrior lead to two (17-15). The Warriors would hold a 23-19 lead over the Crusaders until a service error would set would set up a three point run from the crusaders to cut the Warrior lead to one. SWU would go on to take game four 25-22.
Southern Wesleyan would start the final game off strong by scoring five straight points. SWU would hold an 8-4 lead at the side change. Southern Wesleyan would hold strong after the side change to take game five 15-10.
North Greenville’s Samantha Hebb would set a season high for all NGU players with 29 kills on the match. Madison Pogue finished the game with 56 assists. Taylor Waters would tie her season high in digs with 28.
The Crusaders will take on the Brevard College Tornados at home on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in a non-conference matchup.