Spartanburg, S.C. – Annie Beisecker pounded 11-kills to lead the Crusaders while Taylor Waters led all players with 22-digs, leading North Greenville to a 3-0 (25-14 / 25-13 / 25-23) win over Converse College.
- Score: NGU – 3 Converse – 0
- Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Records: NGU 8-4 (4-2) / Converse 3-12 (1-5)
How it Happened
- The Crusaders faced little resistance in the first two sets as the Valkyries failed to reach the 15-point plateau in each. Converse hit just .051 as a team in the opening frame followed by a .135 performance in the second.
- NGU came out swinging, knocking down 14-spikes in the opening frame and 15 in the second with just two errors in each. Deceivingly enough though, the Crusaders trailed early in the first set, as the Valkyries took a 4-2 lead.
- North Greenville’s offense eventually woke up as kills from Beisecker and Katie McManaway helped the Crusaders to a 21-12 advantage late in the match. The Valkyries tacked on a pair of scores late but McManway put the first set away with an ace.
- The momentum of the first frame helped the Crusaders get off to a quick start in the second. A 3-2 lead quickly ballooned to 10-3 with a set of kills from McManaway and an ace from Sara Miller extended the lead to seven.
- There wasn’t much push-back from the Valkyries as the second set carried on with North Greenville leading by as many as 12-points when Beisecker finished off a set from Miller to make it 24-12. Beisecker would end the suspense two points later with another kill, which earned NGU a 2-0 lead.
- Converse showed up in the third frame, erasing an early lead from North Greenville to take a three point lead when Kenzie Schmaltz made it 22-19. It was the first lead for the Valkyries since early in the first.
- Converse struggled down the stretch, dishing out a pair of errors to help North Greenville pull even with the aid of a Samantha Hebb kill. Hebb followed it up with a kill that made it 24-23 lead for NGU while a Converse error would end the game.
The Good Guys
- Samantha Hebb finished the night in double-digits, dishing out 10-kills. Beisecker led the team in kills and hitting percentage, hitting .450 with just two errors and 20 attempts.
- Sara Miller finished the night with 34-assists to keep her atop Conference Carolinas with 10.28 kills per set.
- Beisecker and Brittany Tepedino led the defense with three assisted blocks.
The Other Team
- Kenzie Schmaltz led the Valkyries with 12-digs on the night while Jordan Mrkvicka had 15-assists.
- Sydney Allen led the defense with 20-digs while Kaylee Owens led with three assisted blocks.
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders will travel to Gaffney on Saturday for a 2 pm first serve with Limestone College.