Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville rebounded from a set two loss on Tuesday night to down the Converse Valkyries 3-1 (25-15 / 19-25 / 25-19 / 25-15) to move to 1-0 in Conference Carolinas play.
- Score: NGU – 3 Converse – 1
- Location: Tigerville, South Carolina
- Records: NGU – 4-4 (1-0) / CC – 1-8 (0-1)
How it Happened
- The Crusaders created some separation, eventually leading 21-13 after a kill from Emma Pepper. A pair of errors from the Valkyries would inch NGU closer to set point before a kill by Courtney Williamson put the game away with her second kill.
- The Valkyries took a 16-8 lead in the second frame before Josey Dorn provided a needed spark. NGU cut the lead to just three points with five straight points including two aces from Dorn. Kenzie Pierce tacked on a kill which made the score 16-13.
- Converse regrouped after a timeout and two in a row to regain the momentum. The Crusaders scored two straight late in the frame but the visitors evened the set tally at 1-1 with a 25-19 win. The Valkyries took advantage of an error filled set from NGU which hit just .034 as a team with seven errors compared to just eight kills.
- The Crusaders would get back on track in the third set, but not before the Valkyries closed a once eight point lead to just five. North Greenville found a way in the end though as Kenzie Pierce knocked down her eighth spike of the game to give NGU the 2-1 lead.
- The Scrappy Converse team ran out of gas in the final set as NGU built up a 10-12 advantage. The Crusaders finished off the Valkyries with three straight points including kills from Katie McManaway and Kenzie Pierce to earn the 3-1 win.
The Good Guys
- Samantha Hebb led the offense with 13-kills on the night but Kenzie Pierce finished with a team high .321 hitting percentage to go along with 10-kills and a pair of service aces.
- Josey Dorn led the team with three aces.
- Sara Miller finished the night with 41-assists while Johna Robbins had a team high 14-digs.
- Pierce and McManaway both had a pair of assisted blocks on defense as well as solo block each.
The Other Team
- Kenzie Schmaltz had a game high 16-kills and hit a game high .342 among players with at least 20 attempts.
- Krislyn Moore finished with 19 assists for Converse.
- The Crusaders will remain in the friendly confines of Hayes Gymnasium as they host King University at 7 pm on Saturday followed by a Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon.