Northside Volleyball continues to take drastic strides as Varsity Head Coach Brian Elrod has the program on the cusp of something special. The varsity has played a rigorous non-conference schedule that should pay dividends come playoff time. The Crusaders are 2-0 in region play and play at Palmetto Christian tomorrow in a match between the region’s top two programs. Last week the Crusaders defeated SCISA 3A power, Heathwood Hall, at all three levels of competition (varsity, JV, and middle school). In fact, none of the Crusader teams even lost a single set. The varsity won 25-23, 26-24, and dominated in set 3 by winning 25-5. Evelyn Fitz led all varsity players with 4 service aces. Fitz and Liz Berrens also added 6 kills a piece to lead all Crusaders. Berrens was also a force at the net along with Caroline Blake to lead NCA in blocks. Kaitlyn Banks served 13 straight points in set 3 and led the Crusaders in serve receive percentage as well as digs for the match. Banks was named player of the match by Coach Elrod. “Our goal was to leave no doubt in the 3rd set and we certainly did that”, stated Elrod.
The JV was equally dominating in their matchup against Heathwood. Led by the hitting of Elizabeth Everett and Reagan Funderburk, the Crusaders had double digit kills. Providing the sets for the Crusaders were Hadley Lindner and Grace Berrens. Coach Jim Prather was very pleased with the defensive efforts of Lilly Pantoja and Leah Beck. A perfect serving night for Everett and Lindner put the Highlanders on the defensive all night!
The Crusader middle school team cruised as well in straight sets against the Highlanders thanks to a total team effort. Seventh grade setter Alana Wilson led the team with great serving. Teammates Landry Hudgins and Tiffane Warr provided a lot of energy and effort. Team captain Victoria Simmons did not disappoint as she contributed passing, serving, and kills for the Crusaders!