Tigerville, S.C. – Kenzie Pierce accounted for a game high 18-kills while Madison Pogue dished out 49-assists and accounted for three solo blocks, leading North Greenville to a 3-1 win over Limestone College.
Eight of Pierce’s kills came in the first set as the Crusaders cruised to a 25-17 win over the visiting Saints. The Crusaders hit a game high .355 in the first set with 16-kills on 31 attempts. NGU trailed early in the first set but battled back from 5-2 deficit to take the lead at 6-5 and would lead the rest of the way as Limestone committed five attack errors with just 11-kills.
Game two proved more competitive as NGU squeezed by the Saints with a 25-23 win. Limestone would take a 22-21 lead late in the frame but the Crusaders answered with consecutive points to regain the advantage. Limestone would even the score at 23-23 but kills from Annmarie Johnston and Pierce would put the game away and earn NGU a 2-0 lead.
The Saints would grab their first win of the night in the third set as NGU turned its worst offensive performance of the night, hitting just .133 with 10-kills and six errors. The Crusaders played Limestone closely, tying the score several times but the Saints pulled away at the end of the frame with two straight points to take the 25-23 win.
The game looked to be going to a fifth set after limestone took a commanding 13-9 lead in the fourth. North Greenville then began to chip away at the lead, evening the score at 16 on a block from Haley Hester. The two squads would then trade points until Kenzie Pierce would put NGU ahead by two points with a kill that made the score 21-19. NGU would then go up 24-22 before Brittany Tepedino answered a limestone kill with a game winner, giving NGU the 25-23 set win and the 3-1 match win.
Haley Hester also finished with double-digit kills on Tuesday with 11. Eve little set a career high with 23-digs on defense while Pogue finished with two service aces. The Crusaders finished with five aces as a team.
NGU improved to 12-5 overall and 4-3 in league play after the win over Limestone. North Greenville will host Truett McConnell on Friday at 7pm before a rematch with Southern Wesleyan on Saturday.