Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tigerville, SC - The season opener for the North Greenville University first year men's volleyball team is fast approaching and it will be against number one ranked Pepperdine University of Malibu, California on Saturday, Jan.3 at 7:00 p.m. at the new $19 million Upward Star Center in Spartanburg.

Pepperdine, coached by gold medal and NCAA championship coach Marv Dunphy, has received the #1 ranking in the pre-season Division I/II pre-season poll that was released on December 10. The Waves finished 19-7 last year and feature six seniors and two All-Americans on their roster

Tickets to this first ever college volleyball event at the Star Center can be purchased by visiting or calling the Upward Star Center at (864) 949-5900. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Be sure to order your tickets before January 3rd, as prices increase by $2 at the door that evening. VIP tickets are $25 for mezzanine floor viewing, meals, and Q and A time with USA Olympic Men's Volleyball coach, Marv Dunphy and NGU Coach Dr. Fred Battenfield will be held pre-match.

Coach Dunphy and his staff will lead a free playersand coaches clinic also at the Upward Star Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and players and coaches of all ages will have the opportunity to learn proper volleyball techniques, top drills, and receive instruction from Dunphy, who led the USA to a Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. For questions and more information on the Battle at the Star and Sunday clinic, call (864) 949-5900.

North Greenville will also host Pepperdine on Monday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Hayes Gym in Tigerville.

"How much more interesting can our first match get," said Dr. Fred Battenfield, NGU Head Coach. "Not only are we playing a great team like Pepperdine, but they're ranked #1 and the favorites to win the national championship?! The last time a team of this caliber played in the Upstate has been many years since the USA National Team visited. The Waves will be that good, and I'd encourage anyone who wants to see a great athletic match to come on out on January 3."

The Crusaders finished their fall exhibition season by going 23-1 in games and defeated Clemson, Georgia and Tech.