Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Crusaders wrapped up their tournament weekend Saturday with a 1-2 record. NGU dropped matches to undefeated Southern Wesleyan and Columbia College, both in straight sets. The Crusaders came out on top with a three sets to none win over Shaw University to wrap up the Palmetto Precious Metals Invitational Tournament.

The Crusaders fell behind early to the Warriors of Southern Wesleyan in the first match of the morning but battled back to cut the SWU lead to 4. The Warriors proved too strong for NGU however as they pushed forward for a 25-16 set one win.

The second set would prove to be more competitive. The Crusaders and Warriors battled righteously, and fans who made the early trek to Hayes Gymnasium witnessed a set which held four lead changes and two three ties. The Crusaders who led early would fall once again to SWU however 25-19. The Crusaders pulled even closer to the Warriors in the third set of the day but once again came up short, losing 25-21.

The Crusaders took on more stiff competition in their second match of the day as they NAIA power Columbia College. The Crusaders fought valiantly but the Koalas picked up a convincing match win with set scores of 25-14, 25-15, and 25-11.

North Greenville saved the best for last on Saturday. In their final match against Shaw, the Crusaders cruised to a straight set win. NGU swept the Bears with scores of 25-9, 25-10, and 25-6. After Saturday, NGU emerged with a 2-3 record on the season. The Crusaders will return to the hardwood on September 8th on the road at Benedict College in Columbia.