Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville University Volleyball Team fell to the Limestone Saints on Tuesday evening in an entertaining five set match. Limestone stormed back from a two set deficit to beat NGU in its first ever Conference Carolina’s match 3-2 in Hayes Gymnasium.

The Crusaders took the first set 26-24 after coming from behind. The Crusaders rattled off three straight points to take 18-17 lead. NGU took a 24-24 lead but the Saints of Limestone fought back to tie the game. The Crusaders wrapped up the first set with two straight points.

In the second set, NGU took an 8-2 lead early in the match on the way to a 25-18 win. The Crusaders never trailed in set two. That was not the story for the third set of the night. The Crusaders trailed the saints 5-0 to start the third set and eventually clawed their way back into the possible match deciding set. NGU rattled off four consecutive kills to take a 16-14 lead.
The final points of the game would be a back and forth battle between the Saints and Crusaders. LU, down 21-19 would rally to take a 22-21 lead. NGU would answer back to take a 23-22 lead, but three straight Limestone Kills ended the Crusaders quest for a straight set win.

The fourth set was another closely contested game in which the Crusaders took an early lead. A resilient Limestone team battled back to tie the set at nine. Lime Stone would grab and hold onto a fragile two point lead to take a 25-23 win. The Crusaders battled and tied the game at 23 but the Saints picked up a point on an NGU service error and another point on an NGU missed kill to take the 25-23 set 4 win, sending the match into a decisive fifth set.

The fifth set ended quickly as the Crusaders fell behind 2-1. The Saints extended their lead to three points and went on to take a 15-8 decision to take the match three sets to two. The Crusaders are now 6-5 on the 2011 season and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas play. Kaitlyn Pierce led the Crusaders with 21 kills, she was paced by Abigail Frame who finished the night with a game high 42 assists. Kaitlyn Harris, led NGU defensively with 24.

North Greenville will continue conference play on September 16th when they travel to Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina for a 6:30pm showdown with the Royals.