Mount Olive, NC - North Greenville played in its second conference match on January 16 which ended in a 3-0 loss to the Mount Olive Trojans.
The Crusaders young Crusader squad struggled in the first set as the Trojans earned a dominant 25-9 win, but were able to regroup, challenging the Trojans in the second and the third set. Freshman Curtis Westra led the team in kills with 7, while collecting 4 digs and 1 block assist. Fellow freshman teammates Martin Alcox and Dustin King led in digs with 6.
North Greenville was able to provide a little more offense in the second frame were able to put up more points on the board in the second set, but would not be enough as Mount Olive would take the second set 25-16. The Crusaders finished with 8 kills in the second frame, but were out hit by the veteran laden Mount Olive squad, which pounded out 11 kills and hit .364, giving the Trojans a 2-0 set lead.
The Crusaders continued their improvement in the third, finishing with a game high 10 kills. NGU looked to be on its way to extending the match to a fourth set, after jumping out to an early 8-0 lead. North Greenville used several Mount Olive attack errors to gain the early advantage, but the Trojans quickly corrected course. An 11-4 run would get UMO back into contention, before taking its first lead of the third set with a kill to make the score 15-14.
The Crusaders would fight back to even the score at 20-20, but a five to three run would end NGU's aspirations of earning the programs first win. The Crusaders will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at Barton College. First serve between the Crusaders and Bulldogs is scheduled for 2pm. The Crusaders will play their second home match of the season on January 20th against Belmont Abbey College at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.