Crusaders fall to Lander in five sets

September 02, 20171st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
North Greenville25251624102
NGUTeam StatsLU
.143Hitting Pct..152
217Total Attacks184
Kenzie Pierce - 15
Courtney Williamson - 15
KillsHannah Hritz - 17
Sara Miller - 56
AssistsSophia Perkins - 25
Kenzie Pierce - 2
Sara Miller - 2
AcesHannah McManus - 2
Johna Robbins - 27
DigsHannah McManus - 28
Kenzie Pierce - 3
Katie McManaway - 3
Emma Pepper - 3
BlocksReyonia Whipple - 8
Crusaders fall to Lander in five sets
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Crusaders fall to Lander in five sets

Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville’s opening weekend of competition continued on Saturday morning with a tough 3-2 loss to Lander University.

The Rundown

  • Score: NGU – 2 Lander – 3
  • Location: Newberry, South Carolina
  • Records: NGU 0-3 / Lander 3-0

How it Happened

  • North Greenville jumped out to a 2-0 set lead with a pair of wins, 25-21 and 25-20.
  • The Crusaders held the Bearcats to a meager .053 hitting percentage in the first win, with 11-errors overall through the first two frames.
  • The score remained close until North Greenville Katie McManaway’s kill gave the Crusaders an 11-6 lead.
  • Hannah McManus extended the lead to 16-8 later on with an ace. The Bearcats cut the lead to three but Courtney Williamson ended the suspense with a kill to end the frame.
  • NGU held a slight advantage in the second set, leading 20-19 but four consecutive kills extended the lead to 24-19. McManaway would put the game away with a kill to answer a Bearcat score to make it 25-20.
  • Lander shifted the momentum of the game in the third set with a convincing 25-16 win and earned a close 26-24 victory in the fourth set to force a game five.
  • North Greenville led by two in the deciding frame, using a kill from Samantha Hebb and an error by the Bearcats to lead 8-6.
    Lander answered with three straight to take an 11-9 lead en route to a 15-10 win.

The Good Guys

  • Kenzie Pierce and Courtney Williamson led the Crusaders with 15-kills each. 
  • Pierce along with Sara Miller added a pair of service aces. Miller also led the Crusaders with 56-assists. 
  • Miller was also a defensive fixture for NGU with 19-digs while Pierce and McManway added three assisted blocks.

The Other Team

  • Hanna Hritz led the Bearcats with 17-digs.
  • Kirstin Martindale scored 21-digs while Reyonia Whipple added seven assisted blocks.

Next Time Out

  • North Greenville will wrap the busy weekend with a 5 pm first serve with UNC Pembroke.