North Greenville took a 3-1 victory on the road over the Barton Bulldogs to go 2-0 in conference play and even up their overall record at 7-7. The Crusaders took the first two sets without much issue. BC did fight back with a set three win before NGU was finally able to close things out with a set four win. Emma Pepper led in kills with 14 while Katie McManaway led in attacks with 41.
The Crusaders got things going early with a 9-3 lead to begin the opening set including two kills by both Rachel Miller and Katie McManaway. Momentum would then swing back and forth as Barton was able to slowly chip away at the deficit. However, a 7-0 run late in the set proved to be enough as North Greenville would eventually win it 25-17.
Set two began competitively as both teams were able to put together small runs to stay within striking distance of each other. Tied 14-14, a five point run by NGU was followed by a 5-1 run by Barton. The Crusaders would go on to score four of the final six points to take the second set 25-21.
Set three was the most competitive of the match, with neither team leading by more than two points. The set featured 21 ties as neither team could put together much of a run without the opposing team responding first. Barton's Kaytlin Elkins would be the hero of the set with two kills to allow the Bulldogs to force a fourth set with a score of 25-23.
After the Crusaders began the fourth set with a quick 5-2 run, the Bulldogs quickly responded with three set points to tie things up. From there, momentum would continue to swing back and forth as the set would go on to feature 15 ties. NGU trailed 22-21, but went on to score the final four points including two kills by McManaway to take the set 25-22.
North Greenville will return to Tigerville to face the Lees-McRae Bobcats on Tuesday, October 1st.