Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winston Salem, NC—The North Greenville volleyball team fell to 1-8 on Saturday evening after dropping a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 29-31) decision to the Rams of Winston Salem State.

NGU looked to gain some momentum heading into a busy weekend, but the Rams had other ideas, jumping out to an early 1-0 set lead with a closely contested 25-22 win. The Crusaders trailed the entire match, and were down by as many as six before battling back to within two. NGU would stay close for the rest of the match but were unable to any advantage.

The Crusaders would bounce back in set two, to take what would become a come from behind win. North Greenville held the lead for much of the frame, but a pesky Rams team would continue to battle, and eventually gain a 22-20 lead. The Crusaders would then snap off five straight points, led by Elizabeth James who a kill, and Codiann Amis who served up two aces, to take the 25-22 win.

State would go on to take the next two sets over the Crusaders earning the Rams the 3-1 win. Neither team would give in during the final set, which saw nine ties, as the Rams fought to take the win, and the Crusaders fought to force a fifth set.  NGU battled from behind for much of the set after taking an early 2-0, and eventually evened the match at 24-24, but two errors by the Crusaders would give the Rams the final two points the match win.

The Crusaders had two players with double digit kills including Yomi Adeyeye who had 13, and Rachel Burts who led all players with 15. Megan Steading, Codiann Amis, and Elizabeth James all had double digit digs with 18, 14, and 12, while James Also led all players with 27 assists. Ashlyn Wilkinson also had 18 assists and Gabby Sehres, Haley Hester, and Elizabeth James all registered two solo blocks.

The Crusaders will spend two more days in North Carolina, this week as they open Conference Carolinas play on Friday night against Mount Olive, followed by a Saturday showdown with Barton College.