Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville came up short in the final regular season game of the 2016, falling to Barton College 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 17-25, 18-25).
Freshman Brittany Tepedino led the Crusaders with 19-kills 43-attempts on Saturday, committing just one error. The freshman finished with a .419 hitting percentage, keeping her above the .400 mark for the weekend after a solid match on Friday evening. Kenzie Pierce also had a double-digit night with 14-kills for NGU. Madison Pogue wrapped up her finale home game as a Crusader with 39-assists to go along with 12-digs. Eve Little led the Crusaders in that category with 13.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead over the first place Bulldogs with an impressive set one victory. The Crusaders trailed early but jumped out to a six-point lead as a kill by Tepedino gave NGU a 13-7 advantage. Barton would pull to within two later in the frame as NGU led 24-22 after a service error handed the Bulldogs a point but Haley Hester would put the set one victory away on NGU’s next possession with one of her two kills. Hester finished with two blocks on the defensive end.
A second set win by the Bulldogs would even the set score at 1-1. NGU trailed by five but battled back to cut the lead to just one. Barton answered with a scoring run of its own with five unanswered to take the set. The third and fourth frames would mirror each other as they were closely contested early on but saw the Bulldogs pull away late. NGU trailed late but fought back to cut the deficit to less than five, but the Bulldogs answered with late scoring runs to earn the wins over NGU.
The Crusaders fell to 18-12 overall and 8-8 in Conference Carolinas play. NGU’s next match will be in the Conference Carolinas tournament beginning on Tuesday night.