Early on in the first set, it was neck and neck as Southern Wesleyan and North Greenville traded points on the way to a 5-5 tie. This would set the tone for the first half of the set as the two teams would go back and forth to once again tie at 13-13. Southern Wesleyan would race out to a 17-15 lead before North Greenville would tie it again. From there, North Greenville would go on a run making it 23-18 before finishing out the set with a kill by Kasie Thomas with the assist coming from Eaden Shockley to clinch a first set win 25-21. North Greenville was led by Paige Beisecker and Rachel Miller each with 4 kills apiece. Sara Miller led the crusaders with 8 assists in the first set.
The second set would prove to be no different as both Southern Wesleyan and North Greenville would trade rallies to a 7-7 tie early in the second set. North Greenville would race ahead to a 13-10 lead and would extend it to 16-12 with a kill by Rachel Miller off an assist from Sara Miller. Southern Wesleyan would not go away as they would erase that deficit and race out to an 20-17 lead. The warriors would not relinquish the lead as they would finish the set on a 5-2 run and win the set 25-19. The warriors were led by Olivia Johnson with 4 kills. Annika Jones would lead the warriors with 6 assists.
The third set would start off a little different as the crusaders would storm out to an 8-2 lead. Although the teams would trade points North Greenville would not give up the lead even with Southern Wesleyan knocking on the door at 17-16. But the warriors would tie it up at 20 late in the third set with a kill from Davis Hendricks off the assist from Annika Jones. The warriors would go down 21-20 only to tie it up again at 21. The warriors would fall behind 24-21 before tying it back up at 24 all. But the crusaders would not be denied as they would deliver the final blow with a kill by Annie Beisecker with the assist coming from Sara Miller. In the set, Annie Beisecker led the crusaders with a whopping 7 kills and Sara Miller led the crusaders with 9 assists as the crusaders take a 2 set to 1 lead over the warriors heading into the fourth set.
The start of the fourth set would prove to be like the first and second set as the crusaders and warriors would battle out to a 5-4 crusader lead. The crusaders would then go on a 5-1 run and extend the lead to 10-5 going into a warrior’s timeout. The crusaders would retain the lead all the way up to as much as 17-9. The crusaders would proceed to extend their lead to 10 points at 24-13 before winning the set 25-14 and winning the match 3 sets to 1. The crusaders dominated the fourth set never relinquishing the lead with the warriors getting as close as 5-4 before the crusaders took over.
Kills: Paige Beisecker: 14
Annie Beisecker: 11
Assists: Sara Miller: 29
Eaden Shockley: 16
Kills: Olivia Johnson 15
Katie Anderson: 10
Assists: Annika Jones: 32
Katie Anderson: 3
North Greenville: Thursday September 27th, 2018: vs. Truett Mcconnell University
Friday September 28th, 2018: vs. Converse College
Southern Wesleyan: Friday September 28th, 2018: vs. Limestone