Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team fended off the upset minded Coker College Cobras 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-10) Saturday night in Hayes Gymnasium in the first round of the Conference Carolinas post season tournament. 

In set two, the Cobras grabbed an early 6-1 lead scoring five straight on Hannah Vadakin’s service rotation. Bekah Mayes broke the streak with one of her 10 kills and a Samantha Del Toro block cut the Coker lead to three. Coker would stay hot extending their lead to 10-5 but NGU scored four straight, pulling to within 1. The Cobras continued their determined play in set two and took a 24-19 lead late in the match. The Crusaders responded to their first set point of the night with four straight points to cut the lead to 24-23 but the Cobras would end the drama on the next serve to tie the set score at 1-1.

The Crusaders were the first team to five in the third set after a Gabby Sehers put the Crusaders up 5-3. Later in the match the Cobras snapped off three straight kills to take a 13-10 lead. The Crusaders broke the streat out of a timeout when a Lauren Seeley smash landed between three Coker defenders. The Crusaders regained the advantage when after a Yomi Adeyeye kill followed by a Cobra error. The Cobras fought back to take a late 19-17 lead after an NGU blocking error. Two straight kills by the Cobras would give them a 21-18 lead and force NGU to call a timeout. The Crusaders would storm out of the timeout outscoring the Cobras 7-2 in the final points take a 2-1 set advantage. 

NGU took a quick 6-2 advantage in set four, forcing the Cobras to take an early timeout. The Crusaders would then score 4 straight points to take a 10-2 lead. Pressure at the net by Yomi Adeyeye and Samantha Del Toro pressured the Cobra offense as the two Freshman racked up 7 blocks for the game. The Cobras kept striking and cut a 12-4 NGU lead to just five. North Greenville would answer back on Taylor Dupes’ next service rotation scoring on 8 straight serves. Dupes picked up an ace during the streak. Coker’s Hannah Vadakin broke the streak with a kill to cut the NGU lead to 20-9. Coker would add another point but NGU would cruise to the 25-10 win and the team’s first Conference Carolinas playoff win in school history. 

The win over the Cobras on Saturday advanced the Crusaders to the second round of the Conference Carolinas tournament where they will face Queens University, the first seed in the Eastern Division. The Crusaders and Royals will play in Charlotte on November 14 at 6:30pm.