Friday, September 23, 2011

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Crusaders (6-8) fell to 0-4 in Conference Carolinas’ play on Friday night as they fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats 3-0 to open a weekend homes stand in Hayes Gymnasium.

The Crusaders showed improvement on Friday night but the bobcats, which have not lost a conference match in several years, proved that they were still on top with a strong all around performance, which thwarted the Crusaders in all facets of the game. In set one of the night, the Crusaders trailed the Lees-McRae14-7, but NGU rattled off seven straight points to pull even with the Bobcats.

LMC outscored the Crusaders 11-4 though in the final 15 points to take the set 25-18. In the second set, The Crusaders once again found themselves behind 14-9. NGU battled back to pull to within one point (15-16) of Lees-McRae. The Bobcats once again rallied late however to take the second set 25-19. In the third set, the Crusaders sprinted out of the gates taking their first lead of the night NGU led LMC 4-1 before the Bobcats tallied 8 straight points to take a 9-4 lead.

Lees-McRae would go on to take a 25-20 win over North Greenville. The Crusaders were once again led by their dynamic foursome of Harris, Pierce, Frame, and Mayes. Kaitlyn Harris tallied 11 digs to lead the Crusaders on the defensive side of the net. Rebecah Mayes led the offensive charge with 8 kills while senior Kaitlyn Pierce added 6. Abigail Frame was solid in the middle for North Greenville with 16 assists. The Crusaders have little time to rest as they welcome Belmont Abbey into Hayes Gymnasium tomorrow. The battle of the Crusaders will tip off at 2pm.