Bristol, Tenn.—The North Greenville volleyball team continued its early season struggles on Friday afternoon, dropping both matches of the first day of the King College Invitational. The Crusaders dropped a 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-15) decision to Concord followed by a 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-7) loss UVA-Wise.
North Greenville jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in game one, and would lead by as many as eight during the first frame, but Concord continued to battle NGU. The Mountain Lions closed the first set on a 9-3 run to claim a 27-25 set one win and a 1-0 advantage.
The story was similar in set two as NGU once again took a 3-0 lead out of the gates. Concord would soon take the lead at 8-7 and maintain the advantage for the duration of the second frame. The Lions would lead by as many as five points, but NGU hung tough and cut the lead to just two, but Concord would end the suspense on the next play with a set ending kill from Sarah Jones. The Mountain Lions would secure the 3-0 win over NGU in the next set with a convincing 25-15 decision.
Yomi Adeyeye led the attack at the net for NGU in game one with 13 kills. Elizabeth James led the way with 10 assists for the Crusaders while Codiann Amis led North Greenville with 9 digs. Ashlyn Wilkinson added two service aces.
It was a familiar story in match two for North Greenville as the Crusaders once again leaped out to a quick lead, this time a 4-0 advantage over UVA-Wise. The Crusaders maintained the advantage until the Cavaliers evened the tally at 14-14. Wise would take a 21-19 lead late, but NGU’s late 6-1 run, capped by a Taylor Dupes kill would give North Greenville a 25-22 win and a 1-0 lead over the Cavs.
The script was rewritten in game two however as the Cavs jumped out to an early 10-4 lead over NGU. UVA-Wise would hold onto the advantage, and lead by as many as 11 in game two, but a stingy Crusader team would hang in, and cut the Wise lead to just three (25-22) after Yomi Adeyeye and Gabby Seheres combined for one for a block. The Cavs would put the game away on the next serve with a kill from Karley Allen.
The Cavs would go on to win the next two sets 25-18, and 25-7, dropping the Crusaders to 1-5 on the season. Adeyeye once again led NGU offensively with 10 kills. Gabby Sehres and Ashlyn Wilkinson both added two block assists while Elizabeth James dished out 22 assists. Taylor Dupes led NGU with 13 digs to go along with four kills.
NGU will wrap up the King Invitational on Saturday with two games. NGU will kick the day off with a 10am game time with Carson Newman followed by a 2:15 start time with Trevecca Nazarene.