The Lions jumped out to a significant lead only to see the Crusaders erase the deficit and pull to within two points. Emmanuel responded with a pair of kills but North Greenville rattled off five of the next six points including kills by Abigail Durham and Caroline Forester to even the tally at 13-13.
The Lions regained a two-point edge in the set but were never able to get comfortable. An error for EC and a Rachel Miller spike tied it at 16-all while two more unforced mistakes helped North Greenville to its first lead of the day, an 18-16 advantage.
NGU held a slight one-point edge, riding one of its best defensive efforts of the season. Abigail Durham’s fourth kill of the opening frame made it 24-23 before a kill from EC evened it up. Emmanuel then took advantage of miscues this time, using an attack error and an ace from Mia Cotton to earn the first set win.
The Lions edged North Greenville once again in the second set to gain a 2-0 lead in the set count. The Crusaders once again led late in the frame but Emmanuel scored three straight in the late moments of the frame, all of which were kills by Jessica Gray to finish off NGU, sending the game into the third set.
Emmanuel’s momentum carried over into the third set as the Lions jumped out to the biggest lead of the day for either team at nine points when an NGU miscue made it 18-9. The Crusaders remained undeterred and battled back to within six points when a Kill from Abigail Durham capped a four-point scoring run for NGU and made it 19-13.
The lead for Emmanuel would be too big to overcome. North Greenville finished the game with a pair of kills from Caroline Forster and another from Annmarie Collins before the Lions finished off the league match with a Mia McKensey Spike to improve to 13-3 in league play.
Abigail Durham and Caroline Forster led NGU offensive with eight kills each with help from Eaden Shockley who led NGU with 14-assists. Abby Pyke added 11-helpers. Shockley also led the Crusaders with seven digs on defense while Paige Beisecker had a solo block and two assists. Forster led the Crusaders with five assisted blocks at the net.
North Greenville gears up for the Conference Carolinas postseason tournament which begins next week.