Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Volleyball team is still searching for its first conference win after falling to the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey 3-0 in weekend volleyball action in Hayes Gymnasium.

The Crusaders of Belmont Abbey opened the day with a 25-21 set one win over North Greenville. BAC racked up 10 kills in set one on 34 attempts while NGU tallied 9 kills on just 29 attempts. For the game, Belmont Abbey pounded out 34 kills on 106 attempts while NGU was able to muster 27 kills on 87 attempts.

The second set which was won by Belmont Abbey (25-22) was a closely fought bout from the opening serve. The Crusaders of North Greenville took a 7-5 lead over Belmont Abbey quickly evened the score at 7 before NGU tallied two straight kills to take a 9-7 lead. After balancing the score again, Abbey went on to take a 10-9 lead. NGU once took the lead by what seemed to be a comfortable 17-13 margin but BAC responded with three straight points to pull to within one. With NGU up 22-21, Belmont Abbey rallied to score four straight to take a closely contested 25-22 win.

In set three, the Crusaders succumb to a strong offensive attack by Belmont Abbey. NGU picked up an early lead but BAC came on strong and cruised to a 25-15 win. Senior Kaitlyn Pierce led the way for North Greenville with 12 knock outs, while Rebekah Mayes added 8. Abigail Frame aided the offensive attack for North Greenville with 25. Mayes also led the team with 10 digs.  

The Loss to BAC is NGU’s fourth in as many games. North Greenville will get another crack at an illusive first conference win on September 27 on the road at Erskine College.