Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 Tigerville, S.C.—Hannah Helbert’s career high 17 kills led all scorers and Elizabeth James’ 33 assists paced all setters, as the Crusaders cruise past the Converse College Valkyries 3-1 on “Dig Pink” night in Hayes Gymnasium.

Game one was perhaps the most competitive of the night. The Crusaders jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but Converse quickly responded with two straight kills to pull to within one. The Valkyries eventually grabbed their first lead of the game, taking a 18-17 advantage heading into the final points of the frame. Converse would go on to take a 21-19 lead. The Crusaders never panicked however, and tied the game a 22 on the serve of senior Madison Allen. The Crusaders would close out the set scoring 3 of the next four points to take a 25-23 lead.

North Greenville carried the momentum from the game one comeback win into game two, as the Crusaders stormed out to an 11-5 lead, however three straight Converse points pulled the Valkyries to within three of the Crusaders. NGU would take a timeout to regroup, and score five of the next seven points to secure a 16-10 lead. Set two belonged to Hannah Helbert who finished the set with six kills, and a service ace, which gave the Crusaders the 25-19 set win, and a 2-0 set win.

The final two sets of the night would be the least competitive of the night. The Valkyries would get on the board with a 25-14 win in the third set. Katie Butler would lead the way in the frame with four kills, while the Valkyries hit .600 in the frame as a team. The Crusaders answered with a fourth set win, putting together a 25-12 victory. The Crusaders, once again led by Helbert, as well as Rachel Burts who both had four kills, led by as many as 14 during the set, en route to the 25-12 win.

North Greenville improved to 4-21 overall on the season, and 2-9 in league play. The Crusaders will return to the court on Friday night when they host Pfeiffer University at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.