NORTH GREENVILLE BLANKED BY BELMONT ABBEY
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
NORTH GREENVILLE BLANKED BY BELMONT ABBEY

Tigerville, S.C.— The North Greenville Men's Volleyball team is still searching for its first win of the season after falling to Belmont Abbey 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-23) Tuesday night in Hayes Gymnasium.

A 6-2 run marked an early lead for the Crusaders from the north, but NGU quickly regrouped to cut into the advantage. The Crusaders trailed 9-7 before snapping off a run of their own, as Alexander Schinzing placed a service ace between two BAC defenders. A Luuga Vailu'u kill off of a Belmont Abbey ball handling error would cap the run, as NGU grabbed an 11-9 lead while forcing BAC to take a timeout. NGU trailed 22-18 late in the set, but a kill and a block would pull NGU to within two. A late surge however from Belmont would put the game away, as the 21-25 final would give the BAC Crusaers a 1-0 set lead.

NGU would fall in the second set as the upper classmen laiden Crusaders from Belmont Abbey would earn the 25-19 win, using a late run in an otherwise closely contested second set. Luuga Vailu'u led NGU with seven kills in the second set. North Greenville rebounded quickly from the set two loss, taking a 9-4 lead in the third set, on a Matthew McManaway kill.

North Greenville continued to control the third set, but Abbey would put together a rally, eventually evening the score at 20-20. NGU would remain in control, as Connor Rhine would deliver a well-timed kill to make the score 21-20. Abbey would gift North Greenville another point on the next serve with a ball handling error that gave North Greenville a 22-20 lead. The final few points of the game would not go North Greenville's way however.

Belmont Abbey would take a timeout to regroup, before going on a 5-1 run to put North Greenville away, blanking the Crusaders three sets to none. The Crusaders were led by Vailu'u who finished the game with a career high 12 kills. His 12 kills were also a season for North Greenville. Matthew McManaway finished with seven kills while also tallying a solo block and two assists. Alexander Schinzing finished the night with 24 assists and two services aces while Dustin King led NGU with nine digs.

The Crusaders fell to 0-6 overall on the season and 0-4 in Conference Carolinas play. NGU will be back on the court Friday night when the Crusaders host Coker University at 7pm in Hayes Gymnasium.