The Crusaders defeated the Hawks of Shorter University in five sets this morning in Aiken, South Carolina. North Greenville came from behind throughout the match, winning sets two, four, and five. Kelli Davis has was the hero of the match, posting 20 kills and 45 total attacks.
Set one began with NGU slightly trailing before coming back to tie things at 7-7. Leading 15-12, Shorter put together three-consecutive points to open up their lead to 6. that would prove to be enough as NGU was unable to make a comeback. Although the Crusaders would score four points in a row, the Hawks would finally score their final point to win the set 25-21.
North Greenville was able to get off to a solid start in the second set, scoring 4 of the first 5 points. Leading 8-6, NGU opened up the lead even further with a 4-point run to take a 12-6 lead. Later in the set, Kelli Davis would make her presence known with three straight kills. However, Shorter came back with a 7-point run to tie the set at 15-15. NGU was able to respond with a 5-1 run to take the lead back. Tied 23-23, the Crusaders put an end to the set with two more kills by Davis to take the set 25-23.
Shorter would get off to another strong start to begin the third set, taking an early 8-3 lead. North Greenville did fight back to eventually tie the set up at 11-11. From there, the remainder of the set would be tight as neither team would lead by more than two points. After another 23-23 tie, this time the Hawks would score the final two points to win the set 25-23.
The fourth set began with a 5-3 lead by NGU. Momentum swings would define the remainder of the set, but North Greenville slowly but surely pulled away as the set went on. Thanks to a solid .333 attack percentage for the set, the Crusaders would ultimately take the set 25-18 to force a fifth set.
Set five was not a very dramatic one as the Crusaders would dominate the final set. Tied 5-5, North Greenville would finish with a 10-2 run to win the set 15-7 to take the victory.