Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team improved to 3-1 on the season on Saturday afternoon following a 2-1 performance on the final day of the NGU Invitational. The Crusaders struggled in the first match of the day, losing to Brevard College 3-1, but rebounded quickly to win a 3-0 decision over Shaw, followed by a 3-0 win over Benedict College.

The Tornados of Brevard College jumped on NGU early, to take a 2-0 lead over the Crusaders. North Greenville gained some momentum in the third set, after taking the 25-19 decisison. The 4th set would be closest contested set of the day, but Brevard proved too strong for NGU. The Tornado took advantage of 4 NGU attack errors en route to a 25-19 match set win.

The Crusaders responded in their second match of the day, winning three sets by scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-18. The Crusaders took advantage of a mistake prone Shaw team which committed 11 attack errors while also committing seven receiving errors on defense. Offensively, the Crusaders were paced by Rebekah Mayes who pounded out 12 kills. Abigail Frame helped NGU’s cause with 14 assists while Codiann Amis was solid in the middle with 14 digs while Mayes and Megan Steading both posted 2 serving aces a piece.

The Crusaders opened their final match of the tournament with an easy 25-11 win. The Crusaders followed up with a 25-10 set win to take a 2-0 lead. In set three, the Crusaders overcame a 16-9 lead after rattling off seven straight points to tie the game at 16.  NGU went on a 9-3 scoring run to take a 25-19 set 3 win. In game three, Yomi Adeyeye had her best performance of her two day career with 11 kills. Mayes matched Adeyeye’s performance with 11 kills of her own.

The Crusaders will take four days to regroup, before heading to Toccoa, Georgia for a September 5 matchup with Toccoa Falls. NGU will then take part in its second tournament of the season when it travels to Aiken on September 7 for the USC Aiken Invitational.