Crusaders drop straight-sets match to King
Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville fell to 1-1 in Conference Carolinas play on Friday night after a 3-0 (21-25 / 21-25 / 22-25) loss to King University
- Score: NGU – 0 King – 3
- Location: Tigerville, South Carolina
- Records: NGU – 4-5 (1-1) / King – 4-4 (1-0)
How it Happened
- The Tornado took a five-point lead but NGU closed the gap to just one point on back-to-back kills from Katie McManaway that made the score 19-18.
- The Crusaders kept it close until the Tornado scored three straight, including an NGU error to earn the 25-21 victory.
- The Tornado jumped out to a big lead in set two as NGU struggled to find a rhythm. An early four-point lead for the Tornado quickly ballooned into a 10-point lead forcing NGU to take a timeout.
- The Crusaders rebounded later in the match, cutting the deficit to four when a Brittany Tepedino kill made it 19-15. The Crusaders would cut the lead to three points later in the match when a kill from Samantha Hebb made it 23-20. King scored two of the next three to earn the set victory.
- The Crusaders led by five in the third set but were unable to put the game away. North Greenville took the lead 22-21 after King evened the score at 21-points a serve earlier. The Tornado then score four straight including the game-winner, a kill by Victoria Gause to earn the straight sets win over NGU.
The Good Guys
- Samantha Hebb led NGU’s offense with 10-kills on the night. Katie McManaway had seven for the Crusaders.
- Sara Miller tacked on 27-assists to her season total to go along with a team-high 15-digs on defense.
- North Greenville hit .127 as a team during the match with 31-kills combined.
The Other Team
- Becca Huddleston led all players with 15-kills on the night. Cathy Scaniffe also had double-digit kills with 10.
- Abby Carlson led the Tornado with 33-assists and a game-high four service aces.
- Defensively the Tornado were led by Huddleston and Amy Serowski who both had 13-digs while Emma Carico had two assisted blocks.
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders will keep it close, hosting Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm in Hayes Gymnasium.