Tigerville, S.C.— The North Greenville Men's Volleyball Team notched perhaps second conference win in early program history on Friday night, earning a 3-2 (23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-7) win over the fourth ranked Mount Olive Trojans
The Crusaders had four players with double digit kills, led by Curtis Westra who led NGU with 16 kills. Westra received plenty of help, as Matthew McMnaway finished with 14 kills while Luuga Vailu'U and Connor Rhine had 12 kills each. Alexander Schinzing put together his best performance of the season, dishing out a career high 58 assists, while Dustin King locked down the defensive side of the net with 19 digs to lead all players.
The Crusaders recovered from a first tough set, but did it in comeback fashion after trailing 7-2. NGU put together an 11-2 run to take a 13-9 lead, and led most of the way. Mount Olive regained a one-point edge at 24-23. Matthew McManaway put away the biggest kill of the night thus far to even the score at 24-24 before Westra connected with back-to-back spikes to give NGU its first set win of the night to even the score at 1-1.
The Crusaders would convincingly earn the set three win to take a 2-1 lead. NGU led by as many as seven points when a Schinzing ace put the Crusaders up 19-12. A timeout by Mount Olive helped the Trojans regroup, as they stormed back to cut the lead to 20-17. The lead would remain three but the Crusaders would put a stop to the UMO comeback plans scoring five of the next eight points to earn the set win.
Mount Olive would take advantage of one of NGU's weakest sets of the night as the Crusaders had just 13 kills on 37 attempts. The Trojans were three kills better than North Greenville, but had just four errors compared to six for the Crusaders. The Crusaders led early on until the Trojans worked their way into a 10-9 lead. The 25-18 win from the Trojans would send the game into a fifth and final set.
North Greenville saved its best performance of the night for the closing curtain. The Crusaders too a 2-1 lead and never looked back, extending the lead to 8-2. Mount Olive would pull no closer than five points as NGU continued to answer point with point. The set remained close until Matthew McManaway smashed consecutive kills to give NGU a 5-2 lead. Robbie McCoy would give NGU the 14-7 lead with a kill before a Trojan error put the game away for North Greenville.
North Greenville is now 7-8 on the season and 2-5 in Conference Carolinas play. The Crusaders have little time to enjoy the win, as the Crusaders will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1pm as they host Barton College.