Brevard, N.C. – North Greenville dropped a non-conference match to Brevard College on Tuesday night, losing 3-0 (22-25, 19-25, 19-25) to the Tornados.
The Crusaders dropped the first set to the Tornados having never led. NGU forced two ties in the opening frame but Brevard threatened to put the game away after taking a 24-20 lead. The Crusaders cut the lead to two but Brevard earned the 1-0 set lead after an attack error from North Greenville ended the set.
The Crusaders took their first lead of the day in the second frame, gaining an 8-7 edge on a Brevard error. The Tornados then scored the next six points to gain a 13-8 advantage. The Crusaders cut the lead to four late in the match on a kill from Ashlyn Wilkinson made it 23-19 but a kill and another NGU error ended the match and put North Greenville in a 2-0 hole.
The Crusaders looked to bounce back in game three, taking the 1-0 lead off the first serve. The Tornados responded quickly jumping out to 13-8 lead. NGU battled back to cut the lead to three, scoring two straight on a Brevard attack error and a Samantha Hebb kill. The Tornados took advantage of a struggling NGU offense, extending their lead to 22-16. The Crusaders would tack on three more points to cut the lead to 23-19 but Brevard would finish off the Crusaders with two kills from Savannah Cox.
Kenzie Pierce led North Greenville with nine kills while Brittany Tepedino and Hebb had seven kills each. Pierce also led the team with 13-digs and three blocks. Madison Pogue ended the night with 29-assists while five different players dished out an ace from the service line.
North Greenville, now 13-7 on the season (4-4 in Conference Carolinas play) will be back in action on October 19th against Benedict College. The Crusaders will host the Tigers at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.