TIgerville, S.C.—The North Greenville Men's Volleyball Team earned a 3-2 win over The University of Charleston, taking a 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-25, and 15-4 decision.
NGU took the early lead in set one only to see Charleston storm back to take a 10-6 lead. Charleston would lead 22-18 late in the frame but the Crusaders would even the score with four straight points. Charleston would to on to take the first set however with two of three of the next four to take a 1-0 set lead.
NGU found its stride in the second game, taking an 11-7 lead out of the gates to put the Golden Eagles on their heels. North Greenville extended its lead late in the set scoring five consecutive points, all on Charleston attack errors. A late lead for NGU would be tested by the Golden Eagles after cutting a once sizeable NGU lead to three points. The Crusaders would once again be the beneficiaries of sloppy Charleston play however, as the Golden Eagles would hand NGU the final point of the set on a service error.
The Crusaders would win the third set with ease, taking a 25-14 decision and 2-1 set lead. NGU's offense pounded out 14 kills on 25 attempts during the frame with just one error in route to the Crusaders largest margin win of the season. The roles reversed in the fourth set, as the Golden Eagles cruised to a 25-15 win. NGU's offense dipped to just four kills in the fourth frame as Charleston was 14 of 23 in kill attempts with one error, forcing a fifth set.
North Greenville quickly gained control in the fifth set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. The Golden Eagles would score the next two points before NGU scored five unanswered to take a commanding 8-2 lead in the first to 15 set. A Charleston point would break the streak and cut the lead to 8-3, but a 7-1 streak would close out the game and improve NGU to 5-8.
Curtis Westra led the way for NGU with 13 kills on 19 attempts. Matthew McManaway had 12 kills while Connor Rhine had 11 and Luuga Vailu'U had 10. As a team the Crusaders hit .304 as a team. Dustin King led NGU with 15 digs, while Alexander Schinzing and Connor Rhine had three service aces each. Schinzing also led all players with 45 assists.
The Crusaders will be back in action a week from today with a February 20th game against Bluefield College in Tigerville, South Carolina. First serve is scheduled for 7pm.