Belmont, N.C.— The North Greenville volleyball team wrapped up its final tri-match of the season on Saturday, falling 3-0 to Conference Carolinas leading Belmont Abbey, followed by a 3-0 loss to non-conference opponent Francis Marion 3-0.
The Crusaders sputtered in set one, mustering just 11 points, and just two kills. NGU committed 8 kills during the opening frame, while Abbey posted a .476 percentage in the match opener. NGU fell behind early, but only trailed by four until the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey went on a 7-2 run to take a 19-9 lead. North Greenville muscled out two more points, but Abbey finished the Crusaders off in the first frame with a 25-11 win.
Both offenses went cold in the second and third frames. NGU hit just a .067 in the second frame, and an even .000 in the third frame. Belmont hit at just a .139 in the second frame, and .172 in the final frame. Belmont would do just enough however to edge the Crusaders with consecutive 25-20 wins to take a 3-0 win over NGU. Rachel Burts led NGU with 9 kills on in the game, while Yomi Adeyeye posted 11 digs defensively.
The Crusaders looked to rebound in game two against non-conference opponent Francis Marion, but the Patriots had other plans. The Crusaders dropped three straight to Francis Marion by scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 25-20, dropping NGU to 7-25 overall on the season. The Crusaders struggled on offense again in game two on Saturday, smashing just 22 kills during the three sets, on 92 total attempts. The Crusaders committed 12 errors during the three set contest.
The Crusaders were once again led by Rachel Burts, who has emerged as an offensive threat for NGU in the ladder half of the season. Burts pounded out 7 kills against Francis Marion on 16 attempts, committing just one error. Gabby Sehres led NGU at the net with two assisted blocks, and also registered a service ace.
The Crusaders fell to 5-11 overall in Conference Carolinas play, after Saturday’s loss to Belmont Abbey, but remain in the race for the Conference’s final playoff spot. NGU will wrap up the regular season this week with two games against Erskine College. NGU will take on the Flying Fleet at home on November 6th, on senior night, followed by a November 8th game in Due West, South Carolina against the Fleet to wrap up the 2013 regular season.