Monday, January 5, 2015
Picture by Andy Stevens

Tigverville, S.C.—The NGU Men's Volleyball Team dropped its second game of the 2015 season to Pepperdine University on Monday night, as the first ranked Wave cruised to a three sets to one victory over the home standing Crusaders.

Monday night's game wrapped up a two game set between NGU and Pepperdine which kicked off the inaugural season of men's volleyball at North Greenville University. The wave won the first game on Saturday night by the same score.

North Greenville matched the Wave point for point in the opening serves of the first set, trailing number one Pepperdine 10-9. The Wave took a two-point lead but NGU fought back to within one with the score sitting at 13-12. PU then embarked on a 12-2 run which secured the win, downing NGU 25-14 in the opening frame.

North Greenville took its second and largest lead over the Wave to start the second period, using a PU error and a Connor Rhine service ace to gain a 2-0 advantage. Peperdine eventually overtook NGU in an 11-4 rally to gain the 11-6 lead. The Wave would go on to take a 25-16 win, to earn the 2-0 set advantage.

North Greenville would again take an early lead in the third set, but were once again surpassed by the Wave early. The Wave gained a 4-3 advantage, but would struggle to put NGU away until midway through the match. The Crusaders stayed within striking distance in the final set, but were unable to string together a run. A 6-4 run would put the game away for the Wave as they took the 25-14 win, improving to 2-0 on the season while NGU falls to 0-2.

Matthew McManaway was NGU's leading point getter, pounding out a career high six kills, whle Martin Alcox accounted for five. Alexander Schinzing had 19 assists for North Greenville while Alcox and Connor Rhine both had a service ace. NGU struggled from the service line on Monday, dishing out seven errors, paired with 18 attack errors. Pepperdine finished with 42 kills on 70 attempts with only 10 errors.

NGU will play in its first ever Conference Carolinas match on January 13th against Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.