The North Greenville Crusaders did not get the start they were hoping for as they began the 2019 season with a 3-0 loss to the Wingate Bulldogs in Charlotte, North Carolina. Errors proved to be the difference as NGU struggled with a .036 attack percentage while the Bulldogs were the more successful team at the net with a .202 percentage. The Crusaders were able to spread out their attacks as five players had four or more for the match, including five kills by both Erin Allen and Caroline Forster. Two Crusaders hit double digits in digs as Mikaila Linnens posted 19 and Erin Allen recorded 10.
Set one was highly competitive with NGU getting off to a fantastic start, scoring 9 of the first 12 points. However, the Bulldogs stormed right back with a 7-1 run to tie the set at 10-10. With the score once again tied at 16-16, a 3-point run by Wingate proved to be the difference as the Crusaders were unable to recover, dropping the opening set of the season 25-21.
Set two started off as another even set, with neither team able to pull away from the other. However, with the score 12-11 in favor of the Bulldogs, WU then pulled away for good with a 6-1 run to lead 18-12. They would not look back, ultimately taking the set 25-18.
After Wingate took an early 5-2 lead to begin set three, the Crusaders were able to recover and tie the set at 10-10. From there, the Bulldogs would go on their best run of the match, a 12-3 run that ultimately led to a 25-16 win for WU.
NGU will return to action later this afternoon when they face the Augusta University Jags at 5:15 PM in Charlotte.