Warriors Threaten but Come Up Short Against North Greenville

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Tigerville, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan fell to the North Greenville Crusaders in a 3-0 final on Wednesday evening on the road.

The Warriors collected 29 kills and 55 digs in the match against North Greenville. At the net the Warriors were led by Olivia Johnson with 16 kills, followed with a team performance of six blocks. On the defensive end, Anna Martin led the team with 17 digs, followed by Darby Sheets with 12. Sheets contributed 24 of the team's 28 assists. Johnson had the lone service ace for the Warriors.

Match Vitals

Final: North Greenville 3, Southern Wesleyan 0

Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-19 / CC 0-10) North Greenville (12-10 / CC 7-3)

How It Happened

Set One

The Warriors fell behind 5-2 in the first set before a kill from Olivia Johnson would send the Warriors on a 6-0 run to gain the 7-5 lead. Both teams remained neck and neck as they traded possessions back and forth for three consecutive points. The Crusaders would take a 17-15 lead over Southern Wesleyan before kills from Johnson and Amber Bass would situate them back on top, leading 20-17. The Crusaders capitalized on the Warriors late errors to tie it at 23-23 and again at 24-24. The Crusaders would come up with the final kill of the first set to win 26-24.

Set Two

A Crusader service ace would kick off the second set, but Darby Sheets would respond with a kill to get the Warriors on the board. North Greenville went on to take an 8-1 lead on the Warriors before a kill from Jesse Soles would break the run. While the Crusaders extended their lead throughout the set, the Warriors chipped away with kills from Johnson and Sarah Stone. A late push would threaten the Crusaders lead, but they would pull away with the 25-15 win in set two.

Set Three

An attack error would grant the Warriors the first point of the third set in Tigerville, S.C. on Wednesday evening. The Crusaders would strike again early, but the Warriors would pull within one, trailing 6-7 off of a kill from Soles. Another string of points would extend the Crusaders lead, but Southern Wesleyan didn't back down. The Warriors would regain possession with kills and a service ace from Johnson to trail 22-14. The last earned point from the Warriors would be a kill from Soles, but the Crusaders were able to lock down the last set with a 25-17 win.

What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will host the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on October 30 for their Dig Pink match at 7 p.m. They will remain at home when the Mount Olive Trojans come to Central, S.C. on November 2 at 3 p.m.