Crusaders Down Warriors on Senior Night

November 03, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Southern Wesleyan251922261
North Greenville182525283
SWUTeam StatsNGU
.158Hitting Pct..157
165Total Attacks191
Paige O'Connor - 16
KillsKenzie Pierce - 17
Annika Jones - 40
AssistsSara Miller - 48
Shelby Sheets - 3
AcesKenzie Pierce - 2
Brittany Tepedino - 2
Anna Martin - 34
DigsJohna Robbins - 22
Kendall Vallancourt - 5
BlocksAnnie Beisecker - 4
Crusaders Down Warriors on Senior Night
Friday, November 3, 2017
By Jessica Velasquez
Crusaders Down Warriors on Senior Night

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – North Greenville women's volleyball defeated Southern Wesleyan in four sets led by senior middle Kenzie Pierce who reached the 1,000 career kills mark (18-25 / 25-19 / 25-22 / 28-26).  

The Basics

  • Score: North Greenville – 3 Southern Wesleyan - 1
  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Hayes Gymnasium)
  • Records: NGU 19-9 (11-4 CC) / SWU 15-12 (9-6 CC)

How it Happened

  • Set one saw four lead changes and six tied scored as the Warriors took the first, and their only, set win of the night.  Liz Kuntz led the Warriors with 4-kills, hitting .500 for the set. After a kill by Katie McManaway tied it up at 6 apiece, SWU went on a 3-0 run that forced NGU to call a timeout. An attacking error by Katie McManaway gave the Warriors an 18-11 lead. Two final errors by the Crusaders gave the Warriors a 25-18 set win.
  • The Warriors carried their momentum into the second set, starting with a 6-1 run, but the Crusaders fought back to even the game up at one set apiece. NGU went on multiple 3-0 runs to slowly catch back up. A kill by Kenzie Piece tied it up at 12-12. A 6-0 run led by a pair of kills from Courtney Williamson and Kenzie Pierce gave the Crusaders a 25-19 win.
  • This time the Crusaders were off to a hot start, going on a 5-1 run to start the third set. A kill by Paige O'Connor brought the Warriors back to 14-14. NGU closed out the set on another 4-0 run, with a final ace by Brittany Tepedino, to go up two sets to one.
  • The final set of the night saw 12 tied scores and 3 lead changes, as the Crusaders took a 28-26 set win to win the match. A kill by freshman Katie McManaway and senior Kenzie Pierce gave the Crusaders their second win of the season over the Warriors.

The Good Guys

  • Senior Kenzie Pierce reached the 1,000 kills mark with her game-high 17 kills for the night.
  • Brittany Tepedino hit an impressive .500 with 10-kills to go along with two service aces and three block assists.
  • Katie McManaway added 14-kills and two block assists.
  • Setter Sara Miller dished out 48-assists.
  • Johna Robbins took over defensive for the Crusaders with 22 digs.  

The Other Team

  • Paige O'Connor led the Warriors with 16-kills to go along with 15-digs.
  • Multiple Warriors hit the double-digit mark in digs as Anna Martin had 34, Katie Anderson had 19, and Shelby Sheets with 16-digs. 

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders finish the regular season with a 19-9 record, earning the top seed in the South Division. They will host the fourth seed in the North Divison in the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30pm.