Charleston, WV- North Greenville drops their first match of three in the weekend to the University of Charleston in four sets. (27-29, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25)
The Golden Eagles would come out strong winning the first 2 points of the match, but the Crusaders would battle back with 2 straight points of their own. The match would remain close as the largest lead by either team would be a 3 point lead by the Golden Eagles at 11-8. Directly after this lead North Greenville would power through with a 3-0 run with freshman Matthew McManaway giving two kills in the run tying the set 11-11. The set would remain close the rest of the time as the usual 25 points would not be enough with the University of Charleston taking the first set 29-27. The Crusaders would post 16 kills and 3 errors in the set which would give them a .351 hitting percentage.
In the second set the Crusaders would be the team to come out with a strong start taking a 4-1 lead early in the set. The largest lead for North Greenville would come at 17-11 after a few errors by the Golden Eagles, and would be capped off with a kill from freshman Curtis Westra. Charleston University would then battle back on a 5-0 run off a few attack errors from the Crusaders making the score 17-16. North Greenville would not look back as they would hold the lead the entire set winning this one 25-23.
The third set would be one of battling back and forth between the Golden Eagles and your Crusaders. The set would remain close as the score would be tied at 8-8. Charleston University would attempt to pull away going on a short 2-0 run before the Crusaders would battle back within one at 9-10. The largest lead of the set would be taken by the Golden Eagles at 19-15. Charleston would not let go of the lead in this set taking this one 25-23.
In the fourth set the trend continued from the previous three in the fact of remaining as a close set. Neither team would be able to get a larger advantage than a 3 point lead that Charleston would have in the set. The set would remain close all the way until it reached the 21-21 mark as the Golden Eagles would go on a 4-0 run ending the match with the set score 25-21.
Freshman Curtis Westra would be the impact player for the match posting 12 kills, 1 assist, and 6 digs. A quote from Coach Fred Battenfield on the match was "We had a really good chance to win, we just made mistakes in crucial situations, and we just need to work on finishing big points."
Your Crusaders will not get a long rest as their next match will be in Bluefield, West Virginia on January 31 against Bluefield College at noon.