Friday, September 14, 2012

Gaffney, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team opened Conference Carolinas play on Friday night with a 3-1 (11-25, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25).

Samantha Del Toro led the Crusaders offensively with 12 kills. Del Toro, also led the team with a .333 hitting percentage. Rebekah Mayes was second with 11 kills. Kendra Meek added to NGU’s total Friday with 4 service aces while Megan Steading served up 3. Steading was also solid on defense leading the team with 10 digs on defense.

The Saints set the tone early in the match when they jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead. The Crusaders would break the Limestone run, but the Saints powered through to score the 25-11 set win.

In set two, the Crusaders turned the tables, rushing out to an 8-3 lead. The lead would be short lived however as the Saints scored five unanswered to tie the set at eight. The Saints would gain a 15-13 lead, which would once again be challenged as the Crusaders tied the match at 19. The saints would once again prove to strong for NGU however as a 6-3 run ended the set with a 25-22 score.

The early part of set three proved to be some of the most competitive points of the night, as there were 6 ties which culminated with an 11-11 tie. The Crusaders would go on to score four of the next six points to take a 15-13 advantage. NGU would grow its lead to 21-16 before Limestone fired back to pull to within two (19-21). NGU held the line however en route to a 25-22 set three victory.

 The Crusader’s momentum carried over into set four as they sprinted out to a 10-5 lead. Limestone pulled to within two points (16-18) before putting together a 9-3 run, to win the final set 25-21, securing the league match win.

The Saints were led by Jessica Onken who registered a double-double with 42 assists and 10 digs. Regan Youngs led the offensive attack for the Saints with 13 kills while also registering 10 digs.

After Friday, the Saints improved to 1-7 on the year, and 1-0 in league play. The Crusaders dropped to 5-1 on the year overall and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas competition. The Crusaders will have little time to rest however as they pack up and head for Lees-McRae College for a conference showdown with the Bobcats on Saturday.