Saturday, November 16, 2013

Belmont, N.C.—The North Greenville 2013 volleyball came to an end on Saturday afternoon after a 3-1 loss to #1 seed Belmont Abbey in the first round of the Conference Carolinas post season tournament.

The Crusaders from North Carolina advanced to the semifinals of the playoffs, while also extending their school record winning streak to 20 games. Abbey hit at an impressive .338 clip for the game, led by Hannah Schellenberg who paced all scorers with 20 kills. NGU finished with a total percentage of .130, led by Yomi Adeyeye who finished with 18 kills.

 The Crusaders went down early to Abbey which took control of set one midway through. as a 12-9 lead grew to 18-12. North Greenville closed the gap to 23-22 after a 7-1 run, but back-to-back kills from Lang ended the set. Abbey took the first set 25-22. The second set began with North Greenville winning the first three points before the Abbey pulled away with a 12-2 run, including a seven point unanswered stretch to move out to a 21-6 lead.

The advantage grew to as much as nine at 22-13 on a Hannah Schellenberg kill, and a North Greenville service error, after a Hankins kill, ended the set to give Belmont Abbey a 2-0 lead. Down to its final set, North Greenville fought back to force a fourth set after it turned a 13-13 tie into a 23-17 lead. Belmont Abbey battled back, winning the next three points to shrink the gap to 23-20, but North Greenville claimed two of the last three points to stave off elimination.

The fourth set was all Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders won the first three points which forced a North Greenville timeout. After the pause, the two teams traded points for the next several plays before the Abbey broke away after a 9-9 tie. Six-straight Abbey points became a 15-9 lead, which eventually grew to 22-12 after a five point unanswered streak, and the Crusaders would go on to win the fourth set easily, 25-15 for their 20th-straight victory.

Hannah Helbert was the only other player in double digits for NGU with 12 kills. Helbert also led NGU with 15 digs. Gabby Sehres led North Greenville with two service aces, as well as two solo blocks and three assists. North Greenville finished the season with a 7-27 mark, and a 5-13 conference mark.