Tigerville, S.C. – Three players finished with 10-kills while serving out 7-aces as NGU blanked the Benedict College 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-13) Wednesday night in Tigerville.
Kenzie Pierce, Brittany Tepedino, and Samantha Hebb finished with 10-kills each. Tepedino led all players with three aces while Ashlyn Wilkinson dished out two. Madison Pogue finished with 35-assists and was perfect with three kills on three attempts while Eve Little led with 14-digs.
The Crusaders cruised to a set one victory on the strength of four kills from Pierce and Tepedino. NGU turned in its best night on offense to the tune of 15-kills on 33-attempts and just two errors, swinging at a .394 clip. The set was close in the early goings, but North Greenville put together a 10-2 run to take a 13-5 lead. Sommer Cagle would make the score 24-12 with a kill while Pierce would put it away to give NGU a 1-0 lead.
The second and third sets would favor the Tigers early on as Benedict led 5-2 in both frames. A kill from Pierce and an ace at the service line from Wilkinson would cut the lead to one with an attack error on Benedict evening the tally at five in the second set. The Crusaders would take the lead on their next possession, as Pierce would knock down another kill. The Tigers would even the score at six but North Greenville would go on to take a 17-11 lead at the midway point.
Set three would follow suit as NGU put together three straight points to even the score at five. Pierce with a kill and a Haley Hester service ace would inch NGU closer while an attack error from the Tigers evened the score at 5-5. Another error from the Tigers would earn NGU a one-point lead. The game remained a one-point contest until the Crusaders scored 11-consecutive points to take a 22-10 advantage. The Tigers would tack on three more points but Sommer Cagle would end the speculation with her second kill of the game to give NGU a third set win.
The Crusaders improved to 14-7 on the season after Wednesday’s win. NGU will host Erskine College on Friday night at 7pm followed by a two-match Saturday against Emmanuel and Clark Atlanta.