Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Belmont, N.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team fell to 10-12 after dropping a road conference game to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The Crusaders of NGU took a 20-10 lead in the first set of the night but Belmont Abbey scored nine unanswered points to cut the deficit to one. North Greenville found their footing again and rallied to take a 24-20 lead but the Crusaders were unable to put the game away as Belmont Abbey went on to take a 28-26 set one win.

Abbey would go one to win set two 25-14 to take a 2-0 lead over NGU. Facing a decisive third set, North Greenville responded with a 26-24 win forcing a fourth set with Belmont Abbey. In set four, NGU looked strong and threatened to send the match in a winner-take-all fifth set. The Crusaders led Belmont 21-16, but Abbey once again fought back and tied the game at 23-23.

Both squads traded points, but with the scored tied at 24, Belmont Abbey picked up a kill and an NGU attack error to take the 26-24 win.

The Crusaders were led by Kaitlyn Pierce on offense as the senior middle hitter tallied 11 kills, while also adding 10 defensive digs. Kaitlyn Harris also had 10 digs while serving up eight kills.

Kendra Meek also added eight kills.

The loss to Belmont Abbey drops NGU to 2-8 in Conference Carolinas play with eight conference tilts left in the 2011 season. The Crusaders will take the court again on Friday, October 14 with a home matchup with St. Andrews College. The opening serve between the Crusaders and Knights is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.