Saturday, October 5, 2013

Gaffney, S.C.—The North Greenville volleyball team fell to 2-15 overall and 1-6 in Conference Carolinas play after suffering a 3-0 loss to Limestone College on Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders fell behind early in game, and would struggle for the entire frame, as the Saints took the opening set 25-3, taking advantage of 16 NGU errors, including 13 attack errors by North Greenville. Jessica Johnson served up the final 13 points for the Saints, as NGU hit at a -.335 clip in the first frame.

The Crusaders found themselves on the good side of a fast start in set two. Taylor Dupes led the game off with a service ace, and Limestone delivered three straight errors, helping NGU to a quick 4-0 advantage to start the frame. NGU clung to the lead until the middle of the set when the Saints tied the set at 15-15. The game would then be a race to the finish as neither team was able to grab a lead greater than three. North Greenville grabbed the lead late in the set taking a 19-16 advantage, but Limestone would rattle off a 9-2 run, to end the suspense taking a 2-0 set lead.

The third set looked bleak for the Crusaders as well as the Saints surged out to a quick 8-2 advantage. Limestone would lead 20-13 late, but the Crusaders put together one last run to force the set to extra points. The Crusaders would score 11 of the next 15 points to eventually even the game a 24. Rachel Burts and Taylor Dupes would lead the way during the run with two kills a piece while Madison Allen added an ace from the service line. Limestone would quickly regroup after the NGU run however, and score the final two points of the set with two straight kills to take the game 26-24, and the match 3-0.

Rachel Burts led the Crusaders with six kills on the day. Codiann Amis led the way on defense with 13 digs, while Burts and Elizabeth James both had three block assists. The Crusaders will return to the court on Wednesday on October 9th when they travel to Demorist, Georgia to take on Piedmont College. NGU will return home on Friday to take on Mount Olive College.