Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville scored its second Conference Carolinas win of the season on Saturday with a 3-2 (25-21 / 25-22 / 24-26 / 22-25 / 15-12) win over Lees-McRae.
- Score: NGU – 3 Lees-McRae – 2
- Location: Tigerville, South Carolina
- Records: NGU – 5-5 (2-1) / Lees-McRae – 0-7 (0-2)
How it Happened
- The game was played evenly throughout the day but North Greenville found ways to win against the visiting Bobcats. The Crusaders led 18-10 in the first set only to see the lead dwindle to just three after a Lees-McRae kill made it 18-15.
- The Crusaders rallied though at the end of the first frame, but not before the Bobcats cut the North Greenville lead to 24-21. The Crusaders got the final kill from senior Kenzie Pierce giving NGU a 1-0 set lead.
- The Crusaders had to rally once again in the second frame, this time having to come from behind. A 15-13 lead for the Bobcats was cut to just one after a Rachel Miller kill before Brittany Tepedino evened it at 15 with a kill of her own a point later.
- NGU then grabbed the upper hand on service aces from Pierce and Johna Robbins with Miller Kill sandwiched between the two. The Crusaders would lead late but Lees-McRae kept scrapping and evened the score at 22. Two Bobcat errors and a kill from Pierce, once again late in the match would earn NGU the 2-0 lead in the set count.
- Neither team was able to gain much control in the third frame. The Crusaders led by two late in the match but four straight would earn the Bobcats a 20-18 advantage. NGU would put two on the board to tie it but the Bobcats answered with a pair on a kill and an NGU attack error to take a 22-20 lead.
- North Greenville came out of the timeout and immediately evened the score using a kill from Samantha Hebb and an attack error from LMC. The Crusaders would move the score to 24-23 but the Bobcats scored three straight using three NGU errors to force a game four.
- The Crusaders gained quick control in the opening minutes of the fourth frame, jumping out to a 9-5 lead, forcing an LMC timeout. The lead wouldn’t last though as Lees-McRae fought back once again as three consecutive points including two kills from Kaci Thornton evened the score at 18-18.
- Lees-McRae would go on to take the lead and score eight of the next 11-points to force a fifth set with the Crusaders.
- The Crusaders trailed 5-1 in the fifth set before Johna Robbins evened the score at 6-6 with an ace to the back corner. The Crusaders would go on to take the next point and lead on a kill from Tepedino to take a 7-6 advantage.
- The Crusaders fought back late in the match with back to back kills from Kenzie Pierce to take a 13-10 lead. Pierce would put the game away on her last chance, capitalizing on Miller’s 52nd kill of the game.
The Good Guys
- Pierce finished the game with 20-kills and just three errors. Samantha Hebb also finished with 18-kills while Katie McManaway finished with 11.
- Rachel Miller led the Crusaders with 11-digs to go along with six kills. Johna Robbins led the team with 27-digs.
- Robbins also led the Crusaders with four service aces.
The Other Team
- Caitlyn Smirne led the Bobcats with 13-kills while Kaci Thornton finished with 12 for Lees-McRae
- Courtney Weathersbee led the Bobcats with 37-assists.
- Thornton led the team with 15-digs.
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders open up a six-game road stretch on September 22nd against Barton College in Wilson, N.C. First, serve is scheduled for 7 pm.