Due West, S.C. – North Greenville dropped a pair of matches on Friday 3 – 0 and 3 – 1 to West Georgia and Francis Marion at the Erskine College weekend tournament.
The Wolves Led the entire first set but North Greenville kept it close. The battle was eventually evened by the Crusaders when Erin Allen knocked down a kill on an assist from Eaden Shockley to make it 24 – 24.
The two squads would trade points with Katie McManaway making it 25 – 25 with a kill of her own but the Wolves would inch out the first set win with back-to-back points to win 27 – 25.
North Greenville Struck first in the second frame using an error from the Wolves to take a 1 – 0 lead then a 2 – 1 lead on another Allen kill.
The Wolves would turn on the tempo midway through though, storming out to a 15 – 6 lead after an NGU service error.
The lead would hold but NGU was able to cut the deficit to four (18 – 22) but the Wolves shut down the comeback attempt taking the second frame 25 – 18.
NGU was able to grab hold of a lead late in the third when Allen made it 17 – 16. The Crusader sled for much of the early frame. The Wolves battled back though and outscored the Crusaders 9 – 2 to finish off the three-game sweep.
Erin Allen led NGU with 13 – kills in game one while Courtney Williamson and Annie Beisecker had eight kills each.
Whitley Kahler finished with 13 – digs on defense.
The Crusaders came out firing in match two to earn their first win of the day. The Patriots went up 17 – 16 late in the match but a kill and an ace from Allen and some offensive miscues by FMU made it 22 – 18.
Straight points from Williamson and an ace from Kahler made it 24 – 19 while Francis Marion added another error to help NGU with the win.
The Crusaders led late in the second set but Francis Marion stormed back to take a 20 – 21 lead. NGU later tied it up at 22 with a kill from Paige Beisecker and at 23 with a kill from her sister Annie.
Annie Beisecker made it 24 – 24 a point later but Francis Marion put the game away with back-to-back scores to even the set count at 1 – 1.
Francis Marion made quick work of NGU in the third set taking a 25 – 9 decision to take a 2 – 1 lead.
NGU trailed 20 – 16 late in the third but continued to battle and cut the lead to just two points when Allen continued her big day with a kill that made it 20 – 22.
Courtney Williamson later made it 22 – 23 with a crush but a North Greenville error and an FMU kill earned the Patriots the win.
Courtney Williamson led NGU in game two with 13 – kills. Annie Beisecker added nine kills while Erin Allen added eight.
Kahler had a career day with 24 – digs on defense while also adding a pair of aces.
Eaden Shockley had 35 – dishes.
NGU will wrap up the weekend at Erskine with matches against UVA-Wise at 2 pm and Lander at 6 pm on Saturday.