North Greenville fell in conference play for the first time this season with a 3-1 loss to the Emmanuel College Lions in Franklin Springs, Georgia. All four sets proved to be competitive as each was decided by five points or less. Erin Allen led the way for the Crusaders with 11 kills and also posted 25 total attacks.
Set one began with an even score of 4-4. North Greenville would take the momentum and pull away with an 8-2 run that included three kills by Rachell Miller and two by Katie McManaway to lead 12-6. Emmanuel then responded to cut their deficit to just one point. Momentum continued to go back and forth, but NGU would score four of the final six points to take the opening set 25-22.
The second set began with North Greenville pulling ahead 10-3 due to multiple attack errors by the Lions. However, Emmanuel was able to clean things up to pull back within two points. After alternating points for awhile, Emmanuel would go on to take their first lead in the set with a 6-0 run to lead 20-19. A pair of service errors kept the Crusaders within striking range, but the Lions went on to score four of the final five points to win the second set 25-22.
For the first time in the match, the third set got off to an even start. The set would be tied nine times before Emmanuel put together a 5-1 run to take a 14-10 lead. After North Greenville cut the deficit to one point, the Lions fought back to open it back up to four. The two teams would then spend the rest of the set alternating points until Emmanuel took three of the final four points to ultimately take set two 25-20.
Momentum swings were the story of the final set of the match. After both teams were able to keep things close, the Crusaders began with the momentum to take a 14-11 lead. From there, the Lions took the momentum and went on a 7-1 run to lead 18-15. Emmanuel would go on to lead 24-19, but the Crusaders didn't go down without a fight, scoring four straight points before the Lions were able to finally put the set to rest to win it 25-23.
NGU will return to the court on Wednesday, October 8th to take on the Limestone Saints in Tigerville.